The Longest Day Essay

888 Words Sep 27th, 1999 4 Pages
Book Critique of The Longest Day Cornelius Ryan, born in Dublin, Ireland in 1920, worked as a reporter covering the battles in Europe from 1941-1945 and then the final months of the Pacific Campaign. His articles were printed in both Reuters and the London Daily Telegraph. His first book was The Longest Day, published in 1959, selling over 4 million copies in 27 different editions. In 1962 a director named Darryl Zannuck made the book into a movie. Ryan’s next book was The Last Battle, published in 1966. His final book, A Bridge Too Far, was published in 1974. This book was also made into a movie in 1977, and just recently re-released in 1998 on DVD. Ryan had an extensive collection of materials that he used to create the large …show more content…
Rommel then placed heavy fortifications behind the beaches to stop any attackers who made it past the beach defenses. In Great Britain, the Supreme Allied Commander, General Eisenhower was planning the date to launch the massive attack on Normandy, but his time frame was limited due to a bad storm in the area. On June 5, 1944 the ships were launched only to be recalled back just 40 miles from the German forts along the coast of Normandy. If Eisenhower did not launch on the 6th, he wouldn’t be able to launch for another two weeks. So the early the next morning the slowest ships and the minesweepers were launched with the faster gun ships traveling behind so that they would all reach the beaches of Normandy at the same time. Paratroopers were launched to remove German defenses from behind, but this was ineffective as the many planes and the paratroopers were shot down. As soon as the troops landed a long and strenuous firefight began for the control of the five beaches at Normandy. As the Allies pushed inward they overran the German installations slowly but steadily. At the end of the day however, the Allies received greater casualties than the Germans due to the obstacles and booby-traps, but they had gained a massive victory over Hitler. The theme of The Longest Day is one of uncertainty because the slightest change in the course of things could change the entire

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