By Max Hastings

The recognized D-Day Landings of 6 June 1944 marked the start of Operation Overlord, the conflict for the liberation of Europe. Max Hastings has overturned many conventional legends to write down this memorable research. Drawing jointly the eyewitness debts of survivors on either side, plus a wealth of formerly untapped assets and files, Overlord presents a super, debatable standpoint at the devastating conflict for Normandy. 'A masterly publication, wealthy in perception, wise and weighty in judgement . . . Max Hastings stands within the first rank of writers on sleek war' monetary instances 'A booklet which mixes severe historic and demanding remark with fabulous reportage. He brings either the arguments among better commanders and the battling at the battlefield itself to existence extra vividly than past books' instances Literary complement 'A superbly written masterpiece which makes The Longest Day appear inadequate' Len Deighton

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The reason is that, at the time, there was no way to accurately measure longitude, the method of determining location and measuring distance by using imaginary fixed horizontal lines to encircle Earth. On seafaring voyages, longitude is measured by a ship’s clock, and it would be many years after Davis’s explorations before a clock that would accurately measure longitude would be invented. Icebergs are dangerous for explorers because they can break apart suddenly. The base of the iceberg, hidden under water, is sometimes much wider than its visible top; it can tear apart any ship that comes too close to it.

And it created in us no ordinary feelings of pleasure to see the British flag waving, for the first time, in these How Many Poles? U nbelievable as it sounds, there is actually more than one North Pole. The Geographic North Pole, which is located at 90 degrees zero minutes north latitude, is what most people mean when they talk about the North Pole. It’s also known as “true north,” because it’s as far north as you can get: walk in any direction from the North Pole, and you’ll be walking south.

In the note, Parry asked the person who found the bottle to write down the latitude and longitude at which the message was found and to send this information to the British government. This would allow Parry later to study how the water currents and wind had pushed along a bottle to its final destination. He wrote each note in several languages; after all, who knew where the bottle would end up? Parry tried to keep his crew busy and entertained during their long voyage. They grew watercress and mustard greens on the ship’s deck during the spring and summer, and inside during the winter.

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