Advocating OVERLORD: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb
Available: NOW Hardcover and E-book
Publisher: Potomac Books
Advocating OVERLORD offers the first account of how a convergence of communications stimulated FDR, then at a remote fishing camp, to take up his personal advocacy for Operation OVERLORD. That also marked the beginning of a change in FDR’s attitude toward Churchill.
Recounted also is the little-noted fact of the Germans’ exceptional access to the content of radio-telephone calls between Churchill and FDR and between their militaries. The German’s sudden loss of that access, just when the ability to talk securely across the Atlantic became crucial to D-Day planning, is detailed as an important complement to the Allies intelligence and counterintelligence coups.
A central theme is the concurrent, at first separate Anglo-American negotiations on European liberation strategy and cooperation in development of an atomic bomb. Over time, these grew ever closer together until a quid pro quo was struck by Roosevelt and Churchill. That allowed consensus on strategy and resumed cooperation on the bomb. To date, that has not been a common thread in major histories of the “year of conferences” 1943. Why?
The answer may rest in the pace of declassification of the Allies’ most sensitive secrets. By 1975, when the atomic diplomatic history was declassified in the U.S., the arc of the story of the Allies’ strategy negotiations already had been set. The context for the rich story of the strategy negotiation that set the path to the liberation of Europe cannot be complete without its linkage to the atomic cooperation that began the era of nuclear anxiety which persists. Advocating OVERLORD integrates strategy talks with the atomic diplomacy record now public in Britain and the U.S.
Advocating OVERLORD is based on eight years of research and site visits in the United States, Canada, Britain, and France. Hundreds of primary documents were consulted in archives and libraries. Oral histories from these sources illuminated relationships important to the story. Especially helpful with new insights were the recent published works of historians from many countries written free of the national biases that burdened generations closer to the trauma of the war.
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