Invasion! Pre Launch Preview
I must have annoyed the chaps at Unicorn Publishing somehow.
This is the only reason I can think of as to why, after already giving me one seemingly impossible task (coming up with 100 defining moments of the RAF for Reaching For the Sky) they follow that up by telling me to come up with 100 key moments from what could be described as one of the most critical times of the entire 20th Century for western Europe.
Namely, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy.
I mean, where do I start? 7,000 ships carrying more than 150,000 brave souls towards five landing beaches (plus Pointe du Hoc); a massive parachute drop behind enemy lines; sabotage by the bucket-load, brand new weapons; a programme of deception that was almost as big as the invasion itself; thousands of individual stories of tragedy, bravery and heroism and some of the most recognisable photographs of the modern era. And that was just day one!
Following on from Reaching For the Sky the stories are told using a mixture of words, images and infographics and over the next couple of weeks I will focus on one or two ‘moments’ in a bit more detail, but in the meantime, here are a couple of my favourite graphics from the book which can be pre-ordered right now on Amazon.