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Giles Milton on D-Day
October 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Almost seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.
Giles Milton’s bold new history ‘D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story’ narrates the day’s events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter – he lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. He gives voice to those hitherto unheard – the French butcher’s daughter, the Panzer Commander’s wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff. The epic struggle which unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics – of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story – Allied, German, French – is told as never before, drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there.
Giles is a great storyteller who specialises in bringing history to life; his most recent work ‘Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ became a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller in its first week; ‘D-Day’ is set to be the definitive narrative history of this momentous day.