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Firing on Fortress Europe

HMS Belfast at D-Day

As D-Day unfolded on June 6, 1944, one of the ships supporting the invasion was the HMS Belfast, a Royal Navy light cruiser. Now a popular floating museum on the Thames, the Belfast played an important part not just in the events of that day, but in the longer Battle for Normandy. This book uses firsthand accounts from the rich collections of the Imperial War Museums to tell the story of the planning of and build-up to D-Day, the action and danger of that day, and the ship’s subsequent history. Packed with testimony from oral histories, diaries, memoirs, and letters, as well as more than two hundred color photographs, it brings the heroism of D-Day vigorously to life.

160 pages | 75 color plates, 75 halftones | 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 | © 2016

History: Military History

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"A number of first-hand, personal accounts of members of HMS Belfast - the Royal Navy warship from which one of the first shots of D-Day was fired - have also been revealed in a new book, Firing On Fortress Europe, published by the museum. It presents the accounts from the ship's crew alongside her log books to bring to life the role the ship played in the invasion in 1944. Accounts, images, journals and recorded interviews reveal stories from King George VI visiting before HMS Belfast left British waters, to narrowly avoiding explosions, rescuing and treating the wounded and going ashore to clear the beaches."

The Daily Mail

"Firing On Fortress Europepresents first-hand, personal accounts of members of HMS Belfast's crew alongside her log books to bring to life the role the ship played in the invasion in 1944."

The Irish News

Table of Contents

Chapter One
                HMS Belfast, 1963– 1944
Chapter Two
                Operation Overlord
Chapter Three
                Warning Signs
Chapter Four
                The Longest Day
Chapter Five
                Life on the Gunline
Chapter Six
                Last Days

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