Spring 1944. The world held its breath as hundreds of thousands of Allied combatants leapt across the English Channel in the largest amphibious operation of the Second World War. The epic of the Normandy invasion, legendary in myth and astounding in scope, comes to life as historian Jared Frederick resurrects long-forgotten tales of individual struggle, sacrifice, and community. Unearthing hundreds of accounts from period newspapers, he revives the lost voices of the momentous struggle to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny.

In a rare form of engaging scholarship, Frederick paints an eloquently moving portrait of the soldiers and home front civilians who were dramatically affected by what Dwight Eisenhower called “the great crusade.” Among those personalities were the intrepid correspondents who demonstrated the meaningful significance of the free press in wartime. In this sweeping narrative, readers will embark upon a journey between the lines as the powerful saga of the D-Day experience unfolds with insightful interpretation and profoundly enduring lessons.