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A Bloody Dawn
A Bloody Dawn

A Bloody Dawn

The Irish at D-Day


250 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $33.99)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9781785372414

Rights: US & CA

Irish Academic Press (May 2019)
Merrion Press

Price: $24.99


The epic Allied invasion of German-occupied Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, has been extensively chronicled. The largest seaborne invasion in history, it began the liberation of German-occupied France, and later Europe, from Nazi control What is less well known, however, is that thousands of Irish and members of the Irish diaspora were among the Allied units that landed on the Normandy beaches. Their vital participation has been overlooked abroad and even more so in Ireland. There were Irish among the American, British and Canadian airborne and glider-borne infantry landings; Irishmen were on the beaches from dawn, in and amongst the first and subsequent assault waves to hit the beaches; in the skies above in bombers and fighter aircraft; and on naval vessels all along the Normandy coastline. They were also prominent among the D-Day planners and commanders. This Irish contribution to the most extraordinary military operation ever attempted in the history of warfare is told here for the first time

Author Biography

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Harvey, now retired, is the author of Soldiering Against Subversion: The Irish Defence Forces and Internal Security During the Troubles, 1969–1998 (2018), Into Action: Irish Peacekeepers Under Fire, 1960–2014 (2017), A Bloody Day: The Irish at Waterloo and A Bloody Night: The Irish at Rorke's Drift (both reissued 2017), and Soldiers of the Short Grass: A History of the Curragh Camp (2016).