Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die

Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die

How the Allies Won on D-Day

Giles Milton

A ground-breaking account of the first 24 hours of the D-Day invasion told by a symphony of incredible accounts of unknown and unheralded members of the Allied – and Axis – forces.

Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die by Giles Milton

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Giles Milton’s bold new history narrates the day’s events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht’s bunkers, Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the front line of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those who have hitherto remained unheard – the French butcher’s daughter, the Panzer Commander’s wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.

This vast canvas of human bravado reveals ‘the longest day’ as never before – less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there.


Bringing you surprising, quirky, and remarkable tales from the past, so you can pretend you paid attention in history class!


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Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of narrative history, including Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and Nathaniel’s Nutmeg. His books - which include White Gold, Paradise Lost and Russian Roulette - have been translated into twenty languages worldwide. Milton lives in London.

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