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    DescriptionThe commemoration of D-Day holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the British people. Each June some of the last remaining veterans make the journey back to Normandy, with its memorials and the spine-tingling tranquility of the war cemeteries, there to remember those who never came home. D-Day: The Last of the Liberators is a collection of portraits of some of the last surviving Normandy veterans. It records in a unique way the stories of these remarkable individuals and their emotional but dignified return to the locations, in many cases the exact spot, which are tied to their most profound personal memories of the campaign; places where they saw action or were wounded, where they experienced instances of miraculous chance or where they witnessed their friends being taken away from them through the horror of battle. The significance of these photographs cannot be overlooked. As time takes its toll, fewer and fewer veterans make the journey back to Normandy. The 70th anniversary in 2014 will mark the end of the Normandy Veterans Association. After the commemorations, the association will close its doors; its branches will wrap up and all but the private pilgrimages to the beaches will end, eventually leaving the duty to remember those fallen comrades to their descendants and the wider population of a still grateful nation. This is not an account of the strategic challenges of carrying out the Normandy landings, nor the story of a battalion or company embroiled in its own struggle for survival. Those accounts exist and their value is enormous. This book is different: it focuses on the individual and is a record of the experience at the most personal level, viewed with the benefit of seven decades of perspective. These photographs, taken during the 68th and 69th anniversaries, are a record of some of the final visits these brave and dignified men and women will make to the places that imprinted themselves indelibly on their lives. It makes the link, so easily lost, between the young people who faced those challenges and the individuals they became through those experiences - and who went on to rebuild a shattered world with the conviction that it must never happen again. The subjects of D-Day: The Last of the Liberators are the representatives of this remarkable generation, their stories told in the accompanying text, but etched on their faces as they are confronted, perhaps for the final time, by stark memories from a haunting past. These portraits are a thank you to the British veterans of D-Day, because they risked so much to give us the lives and freedom we enjoy today.


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    Title
    D-Day - the Last of the Liberators
    Subtitle
    Some of the Last Veterans of the Normandy Landings Retrace Their Steps Seventy Years Later
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robin Savage
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 245 mm
    Height: 318 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 1,139 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781909982314
    ISBN 10: 1909982318
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    DC22: 940.5421421
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DDF
    DC23: 940.5421421
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWLF
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white)
    Publisher
    Helion & Company
    Imprint name
    Helion & Company
    Publication date
    19 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Solihull