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Leo Marriott is a retired Air Traffic Controller who has had more than thirty books published on his specialist subjects: naval warfare and aviation. He is an experienced pilot and accomplished aerial photographer, and his work is featured in this book. Simon Forty has been working in publishing as commissioning editor and author for 35 years. He has co-authored with Leo Marriott a series of books on the Normandy Campaign, including The Normandy Battlefields: D-Day & the Bridgehead (2014) and Hitler's Atlantic Wall (2016). A keen cyclist he has toured the Normandy battlefields many times.
A particular aspect of the book that is worthy of note is the photograph captions. A concerted effort has been made to identify not only locations, but also the individuals contained within well known photos - including in some cases their fate, during the battle for Normandy. * Recollections of World War II * A photographic history of the D-Day beaches really needs to have something unusual about it to stand out in a crowded market. In this case the main selling point is the good combination of wartime and modern photos. The most effective of the modern photos are a series of aerial photographs, each showing key parts of the battlefield, and with modern war memorials marked. These give a much clearer idea of the layout of the battlefield than the more familiar ground level photos, and are of great interest. * History of War * The presentation of the book is first class, the maps especially. It is a fitting tribute to the men who took part in the D-Day landings, and I recommend it. * Casemate Journal - Fortress Study Group 25/05/2015 * The Old Front Line by Stephen Bull and The Normandy Battlefields by Leo Marriott & Simon Forty are absolutely superb guides to some of the most important battlefields of the two world wars in Europe. Both of them are books I wish I had written and illustrated. * War History Online 12/01/2014 * Many famous photographs are employed but the real selling point for the book is the modern aerial views, which are superb. The maps are also clear and precise. * WW2 Connection 11/01/2014 *