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Operation Normandy is the code-name for a long-term project with two main objectives, the first of which is to improve the dilapidated state of all articles relating to the Battle of Normandy. Initially we will concentrate on those articles we identify as "core articles"; i.e. those about official operations, important battles, and the Normandy D-Day beaches. Many of these currently lack basic citations and references, and are often in dire need of restructuring.

The second major goal is to improve all core articles to FA quality (thus creating a Featured Topic) by the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2014. This will involve ensuring that all articles are of at least GA quality with a minimum GA:FA ratio of 1:1.

The project was started by Cam in May 2008.

Where we stand[edit]

Featured Articles: 25% complete
Good Articles or higher: 50% complete


Article Grade Editor(s) currently working Notes
Invasion of Normandy Start 3 of 5 for B, referencing and coverage failed
Operation Overlord GA 4 of 5 for B, referencing failed
Normandy Landings GA 4 out of 5 for B, referencing failed
American airborne landings in Normandy C Got some good sources, Trying for GA or A.

Rin tin tin 1996 (talk) 19:44, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Should really be an over view article for Mission Albany, Mission Boston, Mission Chicago, Mission Detroit, Mission Elmira and Battle of Carentan
Operation Deadstick GA
Operation Tonga GA
Battle of Merville Gun Battery GA
Operation Mallard GA
Battle of Breville GA
6th Airborne Division advance to the River Seine GA
Operation Pluto Start B-class checklist, none checked.
Operation Fortitude Start ErrantX B-class checklist, none checked.

Slowly making my way through all of the deception articles

Operation Perch Featured article FA On and off, making various changes--EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 01:50, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Operation Martlet B 3 of 5 for B, refs and supporting material not met
Operation Epsom Featured article FA
Operation Windsor A-Class article A
Operation Charnwood Featured article FA
Operation Jupiter Start 2 of 5, supporting materials, coverage and refs not met
Second Battle of the Odon B
Operation Goodwood B Will be taking a crack at finishing this off over the short term too.--EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 08:48, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Operation Atlantic B I'll start on this one over spring break. Cam (Chat) 04:57, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Operation Spring Start Same boat as Atlantic. Cam (Chat) 04:57, 18 March 2010 (UTC) 3 of 5 for B, refs and coverage not met
Operation Cobra Featured article FA Consider expansion of St-Lo battle and/or splitting into separate article?
Operation Bluecoat C 2 of 5 for B, supporting materials, refs and coverage not met
Operation Totalize A-Class article A
Operation Lüttich A-Class article A
Operation Tractable Featured article FA
Battle for Brest Start 3 of 5 for B, refs and coverage not met
Battle for Caen Start 3 of 5 for B, refs and coverage not met
Battle of Verrières Ridge Featured article FA
Battle of Carentan C Will try to push into B-class. Buggie111 (talk) 03:33, 20 March 2010 (UTC) 4 of 5 met for B. Refs not met
Bombardment of Cherbourg Start B-class checklist, none checked. Needs re-formatting done with the photos.
Battle of Cherbourg Start Probably going to rewrite this. Or at least sections of it. User:Akjar13 (talk) 10:10, 15 December 2011 (UTC) 2 of 5 for B, grammar, coverage and refs not met
Battle of Le Mesnil-Patry B On and off work on improving. Buggie111 (talk) 19:49, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Battle of Villers-Bocage Featured article FA
Gold Beach GA 3 of 5 for B, refs and coverage not met
Juno Beach A-Class article A Prepping for FAC
Omaha Beach Featured article FA
Pointe du Hoc C 4 of 5 for B, refs not met
Sword Beach Start Looking at this too--EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 08:48, 18 March 2010 (UTC) 3 of 5 for B, refs and coverage not met
Utah Beach GA 4 of 5 for B, refs not met
Falaise Pocket Featured article FA
Hill 262 A-Class article A EyeSerenetalk, I'll start on the copyediting Akjar13 (talk) See article talk page - some content amendments required
Mulberry harbour B Ranger Steve (talk) 22:04, 22 March 2010 (UTC) Generous B class, but should be able to do something with this by 2014....
Australian contribution to the Battle of Normandy Featured article FA Nick-D Aiming for GA or A class
D-Day naval deceptions Featured article FA ErrantX


Please add your names and specialties to the list below:

  1. (talk · contribs · count) — Canadian offensives in Normandy
  2. Skinny87 (talk · contribs · count) Airborne operations
  3. EnigmaMcmxc (talk · contribs · count) Anglo-Canadian offensives in Normandy
  4. AmesJussellR (talk · contribs · count) USN, RN, RCN Landing Craft
  5. Eurocopter (talk · contribs · count) British offensives
  6. Catalan (talk · contribs · count) U.S. and German offensives in Normandy
  7. Keith-264 (talk · contribs · count) Advice, guidance and citation support on Anglo-Canadian operations
  8. DMorpheus (talk · contribs · count) US operations, Normandy strategy
  9. EyeSerene (talk · contribs · count) general copyediting and Anglo-Canadian operations
  10. Ranger Steve (talk · contribs · count) Airborne elements, reading and advising on the rest
  11. Buggie111 (talk · contribs · count) General nurturing of stubs and real starts and translation from
  12. Rin tin tin 1996 (talk · contribs · count) Anything and Everything
  13. Tetobigbro (talk · contribs · count)
  14. Malke_2010 (talk · contribs · count) German defenses at Normandy
  15. Sp33dyphil (talk · contribs · count) Anything. Just pop by my talk page.
  16. Dank (talk · contribs · count) Ditto.
  17. Fallschirmjäger (talk · contribs · count) Anything but mainly work with images, map etc.
  18. Nick-D (talk · contribs · count) British land operations and Allied naval operations. Nick-D (talk) 08:52, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
  19. Akjar13 (talk · contribs · count) Copyediting and anything that is requested of me.
  20. Ibericus Lusitanus (talk · contribs · count) German fortifications, artillery, units.


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  • Moody, Sidney; War In Europe- 26 pages of maps, some pics and facts about overlord and cobra
  • Great Battles of World War 2- No author given-Nice amount of text
  • Wiest,Andrew, Jordan,David; Atlas of World War 2- 7 pages, though some are good maps
  • Preston, Antony; Navies of World War 2- Talks somewhat about Overlord in the Amphibious Warphare sction.
  • Keegan, John; The Times Atlas of the Second World War- 4 pages that manage to cover the whole nine yards, good enough
  • Bliven Jr, Bruce; Invasion: the Story Of D-Day- 150 pages about the battle, pre battle, assault formation on LCVP's, easy enough to be used on Simple.


  • Barris, Ted (2004). Juno. Canadians at D-Day: June 6, 1944. Thomas Allen Publishers. ISBN 0-88762-133-3
  • Bercuson, David [1996] (2004). Maple leaf Against the Axis. Red Deer Press. ISBN 0-88995-305-8.
  • Cawthorne, Nigel (2005) Victory in World War II. Arcturus Publishing. ISBN 1-84193-351-1
  • Copp, Terry [1992] (2007). The Brigade, the fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade in WWII. Stackpole Books. ISBN 2-00702-268-8 Parameter error in {{isbn}}: Invalid ISBN.
  • Copp; Terry, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
  • D'Este, Carlo (1983). Decision in Normandy. Konecky & Konecky, New York. ISBN 1-56852-260-6
  • Fey, William [1990] (2003). Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-2905-5
  • Keegan, John (1989). The Second World War. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-303573-8
  • Kennedy, David M. (Editor) (2007). The Library of Congress World War II Companion. New York. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-5219-5
  • Stafford, David (2003). Ten Days to D-Day. Little, Brown & Company. ISBN 2-00302-070-2 Parameter error in {{isbn}}: Invalid ISBN.
  • Swanston, Alexander & Swanston, Malcom (2007). The Historical Atlas of World War II. London: Cartographica Press Ltd. ISBN 0-7858-2200-3
  • Van Der Vat, Dan (2003). D-Day; The Greatest Invasion, A People's History. Madison Press Limited. ISBN 1-55192-586-9.
  • Wood, James A. (Editor) (2007). Army of the West - Weekly reports of Army Group B from Normandy to the West Wall. Staclpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3404-2
  • Zuehlke, Mark (2001). The Canadian Military Atlas. Stoddart. ISBN 0-77373-289-6.
  • I also have access to the libraries at Carleton University and University of Ottawa, as well as the National Archives of Canada, from September-April, and access to the libraries at University of Calgary and Mount Royal University from May-August.


Books on or relevant to Operation Overlord:

  • Alexander, Larry D. (2006). Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters. New York: NAL Trade. ISBN 0-451-21839-6. 
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1985). Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-67156-1. 
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (2001). Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-2454-X. 
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1998). Citizen Soldiers. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-84801-5. 
  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1995). D-Day, June 6, 1944. New York: Touchstone. ISBN 0-684-80137-X. 
  • Atkinson, Rick; United States Army (2008) [1st pub. 1944]. Instructions for American Servicemen in France During World War II (Kindle ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-84172-3. 
  • Barris, Ted (2004). Juno: Canadians at D-Day. Toronto: Thomas Allen & Son. ISBN 0-88762-133-3. 
  • Brotherton, Marcus (2010). We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers. Berkley Trade. ISBN 0-425-23419-3. 
  • Brotherton, Marcus (2010). A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories About the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us. Berkley Hardcover. ISBN 0-425-23420-7. 
  • Brotherton, Marcus (2011). Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers. Berkley Hardcover. ISBN 0-425-24097-5. 
  • Buckingham, William (2004). D-Day: The First 72 Hours. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2842-X. 
  • Burgett, Donald R. (2000). Currahee! A Screaming Eagle at Normandy. New York: Dell. ISBN 0-440-23630-4. 
  • Carter, Ross S. (1998) [1st pub. 1985]. Those Devils in Baggy Pants (3rd ed.). Canton, OH: Claymore Pub Corp. p. 261. ISBN 1-886681-24-4. 
  • Compton, Lynn D.; Marcus Brotherton (2008). Call of Duty: My Life Before, During and After the Band of Brothers. New York: Berkley Caliber. ISBN 0-425-21970-4. 
  • Copp, Terry; Vogel, Robert A. (1983). Maple Leaf Route, Caen. Alma, Ont., Canada: Maple Leaf Route. ISBN 0-919907-01-6. 
  • Fussell, Paul (1989). Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (Kindle ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 0-19-503797-9. 
  • Gardner, Ian (2011). Tonight We Die as Men: The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment (Kindle ed.). New York: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84908-436-9. 
  • Hastings, Max (2004). Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944–45. New York: A.A. Knopf. ISBN 0-375-41433-9. 
  • Hastings, Max (2011). Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 (Kindle ed.). New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-307-27359-8. 
  • Hastings, Max (2006) [1st pub. 1984]. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-307-27571-X. 
  • Kershaw, Ian (2011). The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944–1945 (Kindle ed.). New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 1-59420-314-8. 
  • Kingseed, Cole C.; Winters, Richard D. (2006). Beyond Band of Brothers. New York: Berkley Caliber. ISBN 0-425-20813-3. 
  • Koskimaki, George E. (2006). D-Day with the Screaming Eagles. Novato, CA: Presidio Press. ISBN 0-89141-892-X. 
  • Koskimaki, George E. (2007). Hell's Highway: A Chronicle of the 101st Airborne in the Holland Campaign. Novato, CA: Presidio Press. ISBN 0-89141-893-8.  (Chapter 2)
  • Nordyke, Phil (2005). All American, All the Way: The Combat History of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II. Minneapolis, MN: Zenith Press. ISBN 0-7603-2201-5. 
  • Post, Robyn (2008). Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends. Berkley Trade. ISBN 0-425-22436-8. 
  • Ryan, Cornelius (1959). The Longest Day: June 6, 1944. New York: Popular Library. ISBN 0-445-08380-8. 
  • Toland, John (1999). Battle: The Story of the Bulge. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-9437-9.  (Introduction and Chapter 2)
  • Webster, David L. (2002). Parachute Infantry. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 0-385-33649-7. 
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. (2005). A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-61826-6. 
  • Welch, Bob; Malarkey, Don (2008). Easy Company Soldier. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-37849-1. 
  • Zuehlke, Mark (2005). Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN 1-55365-091-3. 


I've tried to avoid duplicates from other editors' lists...

  • Bellamy, Chris (2008) [2007]. Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War. London: Pan. ISBN 978-0-330-48808-2.  Some comparisons of the Normandy campaign in relation to Soviet operations. Peripheral relevance only.
  • Carver, Field Marshal Lord (1998). Britain's Army in the 20th Century. London: Pan Books. ISBN 0-330-37200-9.  Shortish section on Normandy; useful for an overview of the various operations and intentions re Goodwood, Cobra, Falaise etc. Supports the interpretation that although the overall campaign went to plan (Seine by D+90), the German forward defence had initially disrupted Allied plans but also led to total German destruction.
  • Hastings, Max (1999) [1985]. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy. London: Pan Books. ISBN 978-0-330-39012-5.  Narrative account of the campaign; discusses various issues such as Allied vs. German fighting ability, armour, effect of air power etc. from a revisionist perspective.
  • McGilvray, Evan (2005). The Black Devils' March - A Doomed Odyssey - The 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-45. Solihull, West Midlands: Helion. ISBN 978-1-874622-42-0.  What it says; a good account of the Polish 1st Armd & Falaise/Hill 262.
  • Terraine, John (1998) [1985]. The Right of the Line. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85326-683-6.  Primarily a history of the RAF throughout WWII; section devoted to air operations during the Normandy campaign.
  • Whiting, Charles (1975). Hunters from the Sky - the extraordinary story of the German Parachute Regiment. London: Corgi. ISBN 0-552-09874-4.  Patchy history; Normandy section mainly concentrates on Brest.


  • Ellis, Major L.F; Victory in the West, Volume I: The Battle of Normandy; General overview of the campaign - British Official History
  • Beevor, Anthony; D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - general overview
  • Buckley, John; Armour in the Normandy Campaign 1944
  • Buckley, John; The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years on - various authors and topics on the campaign
  • Clark; Lloyd, Operation Epsom
  • Clay, Major Ewart W; The path of the 50th: The story of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division in the Second World War - divisional history, have copies of the June chapter ... somewhere
  • Copp; Terry, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy - although it does cover other bits and bobs
  • Copp, Terry; Montgomery's Scientists: Operational Research in Northwest Europe. The work of No.2 Operational Research Section with 21 Army Group June 1944 to July 1945 - Scient mumbo jumbo but covers various operations in Normandy
  • Daglish; Ian Over the Battlefield Bluecoat
  • Daglish; Ian Over the Battlefield Goodwood
  • Delaforce, Patrick; Churchill's Desert Rats: From Normandy to Berlin with the 7th Armoured Division
  • D'Este, Carlo; Decision in Normandy: The Real Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign
  • Dunphie, Chris; The Pendulum of Battle: Operation Goodwood, July 1944
  • Ford, Ken; Caen 1944: Montgomery's Breakout Attempt
  • Fortin, Ludovic; British Tanks In Normandy
  • Forty, George; Battle Zone Normandy Villers Bocage - Operation Perch as a whole
  • Gill, Ronald; Club Route in Europe: The History of 30 Corps from D-Day to May 1945 - basic coverage of ops that the corps was involved in
  • Hart, Stephen Ashley; Colossal Cracks: Montgomery's 21st Army Group in Northwest Europe, 1944-45 - nothing specific on the campaign but covers various battles and personailities)
  • Hart, Stephen Ashley; Sherman Firefly Vs Tiger: Normandy 1944 (Duel): Normandy 1944 - stuff on the German counterattack midday during Totalize, strength and casualties etc. iirc
  • Hart, Stephen; Battle Zone Normandy Road to Falaise - Totalize and iirc Tactable
  • How, Major JJ; Hill 112: Cornerstone of the Normandy Campaign - Odon battles
  • Jackson, G.S; 8 Corps: Normandy to the Baltic - covers all ops the corps was involved in, lot of stats too
  • Joslen, Lt-Col; Orders of Battle - British OOB for entire war
  • Lindsay, Capt Martin; History of 7th Armoured Division: June 1943 - July 1945 - divisional history
  • Marie, Henri; Villers-Bocage: Normandy 1944
  • Martin, LtGen H G; The History of the Fifteenth Scottish Division 1939-1945 - divisional history
  • Meyer, Hubert; The 12th SS: The History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division: v. I - divisional history, plus info on other bits and bobs
  • Meyer, Kurt; Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt "Panzer" Meyer - BS artist but some alright stuff in there
  • Randel, Major P. B; A short history of 30 Corps in the European Campaign 1944-1945
  • Reid, Brian A; No Holding Back: Operation Totalize, Normandy, August 1944
  • Reynolds, Michael; Steel Inferno: I SS Panzer Corps in Normandy - Ops the Corps was involved
  • Reynolds, Michael; Sons of the Reich: The History of II SS Panzer Corps in Normandy, Arnhem, the Ardennes and on the Eastern Front - likewise
  • Rodger, Alexander; Battle Honours of the British Empire and Commonwealth Land Forces
  • Ryan, Cornelius; The Longest Day - 6 June
  • Saunders, Tim; Hill 112: Battles of the Odon - 1944 - First and Second battles of the Odon
  • Scarfe, Norman; Assault Division: A History of the 3rd Division from the Invasion of Normandy to the Surrender of Germany - divisional history
  • Shulman, Milton; Defeat in the West; bit of an overview nothing specific
  • Taylor, Dan; |Villers-Bocage Through the Lens - Op Perch and VB
  • Trew, Simon; Battle Zone Normandy Battle for Caen - Charnwood, Goodwood and some Atlantic
  • Wilmot, Chester; The Struggle For Europe - overview of 44/45 campaign

Ranger Steve[edit]

  • Lucas, James; Barker, James (1978). The Killing Ground, The Battle of the Falaise Gap, August 1944. BT Batsford Ltd. ISBN 0-7134-0433-7. 
  • Delaforce, Patrick (2003) [First published in 1995]. The Polar Bears, Monty's Left Flank: From Normandy to the Relief of Holland with the 49th Division. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3194-9. 
  • Holmes, Richard (2008). The D-Day Experience. Sevenoaks. ISBN 978-1-86200-546-4. 
  • Belchem, Major-General David (1981). Victory in Normandy. Chatto & Windus Ltd. ISBN 0-7011-2546-2. 

Rin tin tin 1996[edit]

Ambrose, Stephen (1994) D-Day. June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. Simon and Schuster Paperbacks. ISBN 0-684-801-37-X

Ambrose, Stephen (2001) [1992] Band of Brothers. From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Touchstone. ISBN 0-7432-1645-8

The ed17[edit]


Many of the above general histories as well as:

  • Morison, Samuel Eliot (2002) [1957]. The Invasion of France and Germany. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Volume Eleven. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-07065-8. 
  • Roskill, Stephen W. (1961). The War At Sea 1939–1945. Volume III The Offensive. Part II 1st June 1944 – 14th August 1945. History of the Second World War. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. 

I also have borrowing rights at two major university libraries Nick-D (talk) 00:45, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

E-Books and additional sources[edit]

  • Harrison, Gordon A (2002) [1951]. Cross-Channel Attack. United States Army in World War II. Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington DC.  Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 51-61669 - US Army Official Campaign History
  • Herington, John (1963). Air Power Over Europe, 1944–1945. Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 3 – Air. Canberra: Australian War Memorial.  (Australian-centric, but provides a very good overview of the RAF's air campaign conducted during the Battle of Normandy)
  • Royal Air Force Bomber Command 60th Anniversary. "Campaign Diary June 1944". 
  • The Sharpshooter Newsletters Period and modern newsletters, primary and secondary source, of the events surrounding the County of London Yeomanry
  • Zetterling, Niklas (1999). "The Normandy Campaign 1944".  - stats, strength and casualties etc. plus other bits and bobs on all German divisions to fight in Normandy
  • Overlord resources at HyperWar - reproductions of various official government documents and copyright-expired works including the official US and Canadian histories.