"D-Day Exposed: A Bad Combat Plan Saved by Good Men, June 6, 1944 - The Tragedy of the Missing LVTs"
by Temple Kehoe
by Temple Kehoe
This 300 page authoritative book, published first in 2014, contains over 120 maps, illustrations and pictures to support a controversial exposure and revision of the Allied D-Day invasion plan of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Inside you will find one of the most succinct and comprehensive overviews ever published on the D-Day combat plan together with an analysis of what really happened on June 6. Supported by extensive sources, quotes and illustrations, this book reveals long-preserved myths and critical flaws in the D-Day planning that resulted in the significant and unnecessary loss of life. It also gives a brief history of the use of the alternative armoured and armed amphibious invasion vehicle - the LVT, used extensively by the U.S. in the Pacific war. At the end the author provides the credible alternative - a revision of the D-Day battle plan as it should have been.
Although this is a story about June 6 1944, the lessons are as relevant today as they were then. This story tells the tale of the unwillingness of military systems and leaders to apply modern technology and armour, and to involve recent combat-experienced veterans and innovative civilian and military thinkers to develop battle plans that are effective, break through old ways of thinking, and protect the lives of combat troops. This book highlights one of the "gap" areas in military capability that all mainstream military forces under-resource - amphibious warfare. These blind-spot gap areas produce both strategic and tactical vulnerability and significant opportunity if only traditional inter-force rivalries, siloed thinking and power struggles are overcome.