A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.
By Michelle Eickmeyer
True story: I saw “Saving Private Ryan” in the theater twice because the fist time I couldn’t bear to watch the 27 minute opening scene — reputedly known for being one of the most accurate (read: horrifying) recreations of nearly 10,000 men injured or killed on a beach. (I also passed out while holding my breath during the final scene of “Black Hawk Down”; my fear and knowing the truth behind the real-life version of what happened next getting the better of me. But that is neither here nor there.)
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, the largest sea-invasion in history and the start of what would be the end of the war more than a year later. From the massive casualties at Omaha, to embankment-crushing tanks at Gold, the beaches of Normandy mark a pivotal point in World War II. What most people don’t realize, “D-Day” is a common phrase within military action. Every action has a start date — a d-day. But D-Day, capital D, is different. It’s special. For its horribleness, its strength, its furor, and its determination.
Here are five titles that look at D-Day from different perspectives:
Global Events: Milestone Events Throughout History, 1st Edition. Gale, 2014
Focusing on large events throughout time, this title gives a great summary of the events that shaped the world. Including information both before and after the actual events itself, a compelling and interesting story is supplemented with over 900 images and illustrations.
The Normandy Beaches, 1st Edition. Britannica Digital Learning, 2014
Short and focused at 48 pages, this unique title delves into the Normandy Invasion. With information on the five beach fronts, students will explore the major points of Operation Overlord.
Perspectives on Modern World History: D-Day, 1st Edition. Greenhaven Press, 2012
Ideal for K12 students, this title provides an in-depth look both the cultural and historical aspects of the Normandy Invasion. Allow your students to hear from people who were actually involved with stories from soldiers on both sides of the war.
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Normandy, 1st Edition. DK Publishing, 2011
See the battlefields and museums first hand when you travel to the northwestern coast of France. Get tips for all budgets, interests and ages with this great guide.
The Forties in America, 1st Edition. Salem Press, 2010
Though the war was primarily fought outside of the U.S. borders, life in America during the 1940s was full of change — from the Atomic Bomb, the Baby Boom, the end of the depression and more. Each article includes a summary and impact sections, allowing readers to see secondary and tertiary effects of events.
For more information on the Normandy invasion, visit the Army’s dedicated website.
About the Author
Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.
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