Operation Neptune: The D-Day Landings, 6 June 1944

Date Published :
November 2015
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Tim Benbow
Series :
Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War
Illustration :
c 24 color and b/w maps
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ISBN : 9781909982970
Pages : 376
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The D-Day landings of June 1944 were one of the most ambitious undertakings of all time, and their success one of the greatest military accomplishments. Operation Neptune was the initial assault stage of the broader Operation Overlord, the liberation of northwest Europe. It was a hugely complex undertaking involving several thousand ships and aircraft and hundreds of thousands of men, as the Allies took on Germany's vaunted Atlantic Wall. In the words of the man most responsible for the plan, Admiral Bertram Ramsay (Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief), ‘It is to be our privilege to take part in the greatest amphibious operation in history… Our task, in conjunction with the Merchant Navies of the United Nations, and supported by the Allied Air Forces, is to carry the Allied Expeditionary Force to the Continent, to establish it there in a secure bridgehead and to build it up and maintain it at a rate which will outmatch that of the enemy.'

The landings in Normandy represented the culmination of several long campaigns to put in place the strategic preconditions for the return to the continent, as well as marking the beginning of the campaign to finish the war in Europe. This volume provides the complete text of the Battle Summary written shortly after the war by the Admiralty historical staff, covering the planning, preparation and execution of the operation as well as the subsequent consolidation, together with the maps and detailed appendices from the original work. This is accompanied by a comprehensive introduction, newly written for this volume, that explains the context for the operation as well as an overview of further reading on the subject.

This is the first volume in Helion's new series, 'Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War'. The series aims to make available to a broad authorship these indispensable studies of the key operations of the war.

About The Author

Dr Tim Benbow took a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford. He then moved to St Antony's College, where he completed an MPhil and a DPhil in International Relations, concentrating on strategic studies. He also spent a year at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar and a year at King's College, London. After being awarded his doctorate, he remained at Oxford, conducting a post-doctoral research project and teaching International Relations and Strategic Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including one year as tutor in Politics at University College. He spent two years teaching at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (and also taught at the University of Exeter, where he was an Honorary Fellow), before joining the Defence Studies Department at the JSCSC in 2004. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008.


" … for historians interested in the operations they cover, while for those who possess copies of the originals they are of value because of the added insight they offer.”

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