D-Day Book List

Books to help you explore this pivotal moment in World War II history.

May 2, 2024

D-Day—June 6, 1944—marks a pivotal moment in World War II history, when Allied forces launched a massive beach assault against Nazi-occupied France, marking the beginning of the end for Hitler’s domination in Europe. This day of courage, strategy, and sacrifice has been meticulously documented, analyzed, and retold through countless narratives, each offering a unique lens on the events and their aftermath. The following booklist is curated to guide readers through the layers of heroism, strategy, and consequences of D-Day, providing a comprehensive understanding of one of the twentieth century’s most significant military operations.

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Citizen Soldiers by Stephen E Ambrose

Citizen Soldiers
The Us Army From The Normandy Beaches To The Bulge To The Surrender Of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945

Stephen E Ambrose

A look at the last year of World War II in Europe–from D-Day to the surrender of Germany–draws on hundreds of interviews with and oral histories of the enlisted men and junior officers who helped win the war.

D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Stephen E Ambrose

D-Day, June 6, 1944
The Climactic Battle Of World War II

Stephen E Ambrose

Ambrose’s definitive account of D-Day traces the epic stories of the soldiers and junior officers who fought and defeated Hitler’s armies.

D-Day by Antony Beevor

The Battle For Normandy

Antony Beevor

The award-winning author of Stalingrad presents an account of the Normandy invasion that offers insight into the experiences of soldiers and French civilians, documenting the heavy casualties suffered on all fronts and the ways in which the war influenced relations between America and Europe.

War And Peace by Nigel Hamilton

War And Peace
Fdr’s Final Odyssey, D-Day To Yalta, 1943-1945

Nigel Hamilton

The final book in a history of FDR at war describes how the terminally ill president championed the successful D-Day landings but didn’t live long enough to see the victorious peace he designed.

Forgotten by Linda Hervieux

The Untold Story Of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home And At War

Linda Hervieux

Drawing on newly uncovered military records and original interviews with surviving members of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion—a unit of African-American soldiers that has been overlooked by history—and their families, the author tells the story of these heroic men charged with manning armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft on D-Day.

Brothers In Arms by James Holland

Brothers In Arms
One Legendary Tank Regiment’s Bloody War From D-Day To Ve-Day

James Holland

The acclaimed military historian focuses on the experiences of the legendary take unit, the Sherwood Rangers, during World War II and how they spearheaded one of the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy.

The First Wave by Alex Kershaw

The First Wave
The D-Day Warriors Who Led The Way To Victory In World War II

Alex Kershaw

A high-action chronicle documenting essential D-Day combat missions traces the historical roles of 10 major contributors, including the first American paratrooper to land on Normandy, a Victoria’s Cross-awarded British soldier and the Canadian sibling leaders of Juno Beach troops.

Chamber Divers by Rachel Lance

Chamber Divers
The Untold Story Of The D-Day Scientists Who Changed Special Operations Forever

Rachel Lance

This story of the men and women who provided invaluable submarine and underwater breathing reconnaissance that led to the Allies’ dramatic and history-making success during D-Day is based on top secret documents only recently declassified.

D-Day To Berlin by Alan J Levine

D-Day To Berlin
The Northwest Europe Campaign, 1944-1945

Alan J Levine

This study describes not only what happened from the D-Day landings in June 1944 to the surrender of Germany eleven months later, but also why it happened. While an enormous amount has been written about this campaign, most of it focuses on a single army or an individual battle. Levine stresses a truly integrated approach that combines both strategy and tactics and covers the land, sea, and air efforts of both Allies and Axis. Levine deals extensively with the German side, particularly morale issues, and he includes the role played by Canadian forces–a topic usually neglected in American accounts.

The Dead And Those About To Die by John C McManus

The Dead And Those About To Die
D-Day: The Big Red One At Omaha Beach

John C McManus

Provides a detailed, harrowing account of the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach from the perspective of the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division as well as from the Gap Assault Team engineers who dealt with mines and other dangerous obstacles.

The Conquest Of The Reich by Robin Neillands

The Conquest Of The Reich
D-Day To Ve-Day, A Soldier’s History

Robin Neillands

Chronicling the last five months of Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich–from New Year’s Day to VE Day–from the viewpoints of those who were there, a detailed narrative draws on interviews, letters, and eyewitness accounts of Allied and Axis soldiers and citizens.

The D-Day Companion by Jane Penrose

The D-Day Companion
Leading Historians Explore History’s Greatest Amphibious Assault

Jane Penrose

The D-Day Companion brings together the perspectives and opinions of leading military historians from both sides of the Atlantic in a unique and incisive examination of the momentous events that surrounded June 6, 1944. Each chapter of the book focuses on a different aspect of the Normandy Landings.

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

D-Day Girls
The Spies Who Armed The Resistance, Sabotaged The Nazis, And Helped Win World War II

Sarah Rose

Documents the story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and help pave the way for Allied victory during World War II.



Every Man A Hero by Ray Lambert, Jim DeFelice

Every Man A Hero
A Memoir Of D-Day, The First Wave At Omaha Beach, And A World At War

Ray Lambert, Jim DeFelice

A decorated United States Army medic describes his early life, training, and experiences during World War II, including how he landed with the first wave on D-Day and saved dozens of his fellow American soldiers on Omaha Beach.

Agent Garbo by Stephan Talty

Agent Garbo
The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler And Saved D-Day

Stephan Talty

This true-life thriller describes Juan Pujol, a poultry farmer who opposed the Nazis and concocted a series of staggering lies that lead to his becoming one of Germany’s most valued spies, who was really acting as a double-agent for the Allies.

American Nightingale by Bob Welch

American Nightingale
The Story Of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine Of Normandy

Bob Welch

Traces the military service of an American nurse who died at Normandy, describing her childhood in war-torn Poland, immigration to America, decision to become a nurse against the wishes of her Jewish fruit peddler parents, and letter to the Stars and Stripes newspaper that would inspire thousands of soldiers.



The Bullet Garden by Stephen Hunter

The Bullet Garden

Stephen Hunter

In 1944 Normandy, when German snipers start picking off hundreds of Allied soldiers every day, Pacific hero Earl Swagger, assigned this crucial and bloody mission, must infiltrate the shadowy corners of London and France to expose the traitor who is tipping off these snipers with the locations of American GIs.

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

The Steel Wave

Jeff Shaara

A fictional account of D-Day and the Allied invasion of Europe chronicles the events of the World War II campaign and the personalities who took part, from the ordinary soldiers on the land and in the air, to such leaders as Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Omar Bradley, as their efforts changed the course of the war.

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin

The Land Beneath Us

Sarah Sundin

When an Army Ranger and a librarian are bound together by a marriage of convenience, neither suspects it might lead to love. Will D-day–and a foreboding dream–tear them apart?

Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea

Good Night, Irene

Luis Alberto Urrea

Abandoning her abusive fiance in New York in 1943 to enlist with the Red Cross and head to Europe, Irene Woodward befriends Dorothy Dunford as they join the Allied soldiers streaming into France after D-Day where they are embroiled in danger, from the Battle of the Bulge to the liberation of Buchenwald, and where Irene learns to trust again through their friendship.


Graphic Novel

Normandy, A Graphic History Of D-Day by Wayne Vansant

Normandy, A Graphic History Of D-Day
The Allied Invasion Of Hitler’s Fortress Europe

Wayne Vansant

In graphic novel format, tells the story of the planning and execution of the Allied invasion of Europe from the perspective of both the Allied and Axis forces, beginning with the invasion of the five D-Day beaches through the liberation of Paris.



D-Day by

Special Commemorative Edition

For viewers seeking a cultural immersion into the latter days of World War II, D-Day Remembered features many film artifacts from the period. The highlight is the Academy Award winning documentary The True Glory, directed by playwright and screenwriter Garson Kanin and renowned British filmmaker Carol Reed.

D-Day 360 by

D-Day 360

Takes D-Day back to its raw data to reveal how the odds of victory, in the greatest gamble of World War II, swung on what happened over a five-hour period on a five mile stretch of French coastline. Data gathered though forensic laser scanning, 3D computer modeling, and eye-witness accounts bring the battlefield to life as never before.

Ike by

Countdown To D-Day

In March of 1944 recently appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Eisenhower, meets with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. They must come up with a brilliant strategy to put an end to World War II.