Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in 96 full-color pages. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts the such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as:
1. Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.
2. The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of Gennan pillboxes.
3. The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.
4. The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the “Hitler Youth Division,” made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.
5. The breakout of General Patton’s Third Army and the desperate US 30th Division’s defense of Mortaine.
6. The Falaise Pocket, known as the “Killing Ground, ” where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave.7. The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.
"Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day; The Allied Invasion of Fortress Europe, adopts the comic-book, graphic-novel style of illustrated panels accompanied by a bit of text to tell the story of the June 6, 1944, invasion of France through the August 25 entry into Paris. Unlike the mostly-for-entertainment comics of my childhood, this book gives an accurate overview of the events it relates and provides a surprising amount of detail, given its limited-text, just-over-100-pages format. It isn't just for younger readers, either, although it would serve as a great introduction to the Normandy campaign for pre-teens and teens. Wayne Vansant found the right mix of text and illustration in creating this book. The short sentence structure imposed by the graphic novel format adds to the story, giving an enhanced sense of action and urgency. It's a good, short, informative read for adults and an excellent tool for introducing younger readers to the story of D-Day. Highly recommended." - ArmChairGeneral.com
"What a glorious book, vivid, accurate, utterly bewitching." — Alex Kershaw, bestselling author of The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice
"I am very pleased to have discovered a new history graphic novel series, beginning with Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe which is both written and illustrated by Wayne Vansant. Other books will follow, on subjects including Gettysburg, Civil War Generals Grant and Lee, and the Bombing of Nazi Germany. The series is aimed at teen readers, but I find it's great for adults interested in experiencing history through the graphic novel medium. I recommend this book and the forthcoming books in the series to anyone who enjoys graphic novels and/or history, and for those older kids in your life who are having a hard time getting into history. We will definitely be using it for our homeschooling curriculum when my kids are a bit older." - WIRED.com Geek Dad
"This book is a fine work for someone looking for a quick overview of the Allied campaign in Normandy or for someone who would appreciate its visual stimulation. It is perfect for a youngster or a novice that needs to get familiar with D-Day and subsequent events associated with the battle." - Air Power History
"If you have a nostalgic affection for comic books--I mean (ahem!) graphic histories--or if you enjoy reading and collecting them today, you'll certainly want to get a copy of this one. I'd also recommend it as a gift for any young reader you think might be developing into an enthusiast of military history." - World at War
"… absolutely one of the most phenomenal things I've ever read. It was like reading a textbook except it was interesting. These are fantastic… I love these things. I wish I had these when I was in school because I probably would have learned a hell of a lot more." - PetesBasement.com