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The Cover-Up at Omaha Beach : D-Day, the US Rangers, and the Untold Story of Maisy Battery
by Gary Sterne and Don Mann


Overview - The Rangers' mission was clear. They were to lead the assault on Omaha Beach and break out inland. Simultaneously, other Ranger units would scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to destroy the ostensibly huge gun battery there and thus protect the invasion fleet from being targeted.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Rangers' mission was clear. They were to lead the assault on Omaha Beach and break out inland. Simultaneously, other Ranger units would scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to destroy the ostensibly huge gun battery there and thus protect the invasion fleet from being targeted. But was the Pointe du Hoc mission actually necessary? Why did the Allies plan and execute an attack on a gun battery that they knew in advance contained no field guns? And more importantly, why did they ignore the position at Maisy that did? Using personal interviews with the surviving Rangers who fought on the beach and at Pointe du Hoc, The Cover-Up at Omaha Beach presents exceptionally detailed new research that takes the reader into the middle of the action with the Rangers.

Gary Sterne has made a painstaking study of what the Allies actually knew in advance of D-Day, including what was known about Maisy Battery. Maps, orders, and assault plans have been found in US, UK, and German archives, many of which have only been recently released after having been classified for more than sixty years. Radio communications of the Rangers as they advanced inland have been found, and Royal Air Force intelligence evaluations of bombing missions directed at the site have now been released. All these combine to make The Cover-Up at Omaha Beach one of the most up-to-date references on the subject.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781629143279
  • ISBN-10: 1629143278
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 315
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this specialized book, Sterne, an amateur historian and an expert on the Normandy battles of WWII, covers the U.S. Army Ranger operations on D-Day and the days that followed. In the first of three parts, Sterne describes the German artillery batteries near the village of Maisy which were buried and forgotten in 1945. The body of the book describes the attacks on the Pointe du Hoc and Maisy artillery positions on 6 and 9 June respectively. The final part of the book deals with the mystery of why Pointe du Hoc was the priority mission of the Rangers and the Maisy position, which turned out to be one of the most important and effective German defensive positions in the battle, was never made known to the Rangers as anything of special importance. Sterne interviewed virtually every surviving Ranger, and includes extensive records and reports to support his argument that the famous attack on Pointe du Hoc was either a propaganda event or a colossal failure of Allied intelligence. This detailed account will be enjoyed by those familiar with the D-Day invasion battles and WWII, but is not for a general audience. (May)

 
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