Publication of the book D-Day Hour by Hour by Marc Laurenceau

D-Day Hour by Hour

The book “D-Day Hour by Hour” presents in an original way the unfolding and the stakes of the Overlord operation through 357 chronological events, supplemented by detailed descriptions of the historical sites and equipment of the Normandy landings.

March 29th, 2019: publication of the book “D-Day Hour by Hour” by Marc Laurenceau

In this year of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, OREP Editions publishes the English version of Marc Laurenceau’s book, “D-Day Hour by Hour”, author of the D-Day Overlord website.

Through more than 350 precise events, this book chronologically describes the progress of Operation Overlord, from General Eisenhower’s order to start until the last German counterattack attempt just before midnight on Tuesday, June 6, 1944. This formula allows the reader to put himself in the shoes of different actors of the D-Day, following the facts one after the other, the reactions of the belligerents and their consequences in the minutes and hours that follow. This structure, based on particular events to understand operations as a whole, is enriched with descriptions of historical sites, tactics and materials used.

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The book D-Day Hour by Hour enlightens the reader on the innumerable individual actions that have collectively succeeded in securing Allied victory in Europe. Marc Laurenceau took care to represent all the actors of the D-Day: the naval, air and ground allied forces, the German units as well as the French resistance, without forgetting the Norman population. These chronological snapshots also highlight unsung heroes: British crews embarked in submarines pocket, committed off the coast of Normandy from June 4, 1944, French paratroopers dropped in Brittany to delay the German reinforcements and organize the Resistance, or the Americans landing on the Saint-Marcouf Islands at the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Dunn on D-Day, starting at 4:15.

The fluid and immersive reading of the book takes place at the pace of historical events, regularly marking breaks in the flow of information. Thanks to the explanations provided by the author, the reader can thus deepen the study of each authentic photograph, with the precision of the clockwork mechanism: the presentation of the workings of the Overlord operation makes it possible to understand as a whole this major episode of the Second World War.

Main Features
Publisher price: 25 Euros
Format: 200×265 mm
Pages: 160
ISBN : 978-2-8151-0493-7

Where to buy the book online:

OREP > Link
Amazon > Link

About the author

Marc Laurenceau created the D-Day Overlord website in August 2003: this online encyclopedia, dedicated to the history of the Normandy landings and the battle of Normandy, has become the reference and represents the most visited of French-speaking websites dedicated to the Battle of Normandy. With a community of more than 60,000 fans on social networks, he works to preserve the heritage of the Norman historical space and regularly participates in radio and television programs as a D-Day specialist. – Reproduction subject to authorization of the author – Contact

5 Responses

  1. MArlene King says:

    My father was one of the US Army Rangers that went up point du Hou on the D Day invasion

  2. G Caron says:

    I would like to humbly say THANK YOU to all the US troops who were in this operation- ” ALL GAVE SOMETHING AND SOME GAVE ALL”. I don’t want them to feel they are forgotten. I will always think of them and their sacrifices forever. Too many people in the USA have forgotten them. God bless all of them and thank all of them again.

  3. Jeff Brett says:

    Thank you for a great website. I am trying to find the men of Chalk 17/Serial 14 on Mission ALBANY on the night of 5/6 June. They were from the 2nd or 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry regiment of the 101st Airborne. I would appreciate any help you could provide. Your website is a trove of information. Thanks again

  4. Tori says:

    As I scrolled down the rolls, I smiled at the name of James Gavin, my father loved this guy, and spoke of him often. My father was the radio operator in 508 Co. B – and as I went further down the rolls – Royal R Tayor another name I recognized. Again recalling how important these, and many other “names” were, it puts a stamp on history. It was real. My father was there. He would tell me ALL his stories, slowly recounting the moments that happened before I was born. Jumping in Market Garden, and the day he walked into the Ardennes. I would be born 16 years later – to the date. He would wake up on my birthday, sweating. Once, I went to wake him – I must have been 8 – and there was blood all over his bed. I screamed. The palm of his hand had opened up. A piece of shrapnel had wedged its way out. With a towel wrapped around his hand he calmed me down, and told me that it had to come out sometime. I remember later his hand had a bandage. that was 24 years after the bulge… “war is a wound that never heals.” he’d say… year later I remember reminding him that he’d been repairing the physical damage for years. His knees, shrapnel in his knee, his arm… then the wounds no one heard about. But I did. I heard in vivid detail. Thank you for never letting these young men die. I buried my father in Arlington in January 2002. If you ever get to Arlington, please say hello. Sgt. Elek Hartman 508 Co B. x Tori Hartman 2022

  5. Phil Anderson says:

    Touched by all these comments, moved to tears. Thank you for your words Tori
    My father was Lt. Commander on a destroyer and I was able to “ interview “ him and get bits and pieces of incidents from him ..

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