6 June, 1944: a vast armada stands off the coast of Normandy; in the pre-dawn gloom gliders carrying British airborne troops approach their target. The first shots are about to be fired in 'the Great Crusade' to free Europe from Nazi occupation and thousands of troops will fight their way ashore in the teeth of deadly machine-gun and artillery fire from the German defenders. D-Day is about to begin.
The Normandy landings are brought alive in this electrifying graphic novel that tells the story of that Longest Day through the eyes of the men who were there. Discover an epic struggle as the Allies sought to overwhelm the German defenders by land, sea and air, who in turn battled desperately to drive the invasion back into the sea. Covering the full range of events from the earliest airborne assault through the struggle on the beaches and the desperate effort to establish a bridgehead inland, D-Day blends an authentic historical narrative with master illustration to reveal the full story of the day that changed the course of World War II.
This first in the Under Fire series takes readers to the front lines of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, but despite significant investment toward historical fidelity, the retelling is so overwhelmed by detail that the narrative gets lost. Chronicling the actions of British and American soldiers as they face the Nazi forces at sea, in the air, and on land, pages overflow with historical detail and some impressive compositions of landscapes, planes, and other military vehicles. The narration jumps from battle to dramatic battle, diving into short vignettes featuring both soldiers and civilians, then moving rapidly and relentlessly to the next point of action. Copious research bolsters the undertaking, but the script falls flat and the drawings are stilted; the figures of the soldiers and other participants lack personality, with troops depicted as assemblages of talking heads with similarly rendered faces in period-accurate military gear. Even familiar power-players such as Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler are reduced to mannequins. While military history buffs will give due respect to the creators' exactitude, this effort doesn't have the human-interest hook to keep general readers engaged.