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DDAY 80, author meetings and book signings

They are specialists or enthusiasts, often both. Come and meet the authors at book signing sessions. This will be an opportunity to chat with them, discover their works, and get books signed that are often packed with information, to keep in your library or to give as gifts. For the full programme of events during DDAY, click here.

Winged Commandos

Philippe Esvelin

Signs his book Winged Commandos

| Sunday 2 June 2024, from 10am to 12pm

 

The book: After 8 years of research and writing, Philippe Esvelin has produced a work of over 400 pages (in French) that aims to become a reference guide detailing the entire history of American gliders during the Second World War. Maps, portraits of veterans and over 600 previously unpublished photos and documents take the reader to all the theatres of operation in which they served.

A few words about the author: Philippe Esvelin has been fascinated by the history of the Second World War since childhood, because of the tragic fate of his grandfather who died on his return from deportation. Over the last thirty years, he has specialised in a subject forgotten by historians: gliders. He is a member of Les Écrivains Combattants and the National World War II Glider Pilots Association, an American organisation for former glider pilots and their families. In 2009, he was awarded the S. Tipton Randolph Memorial Award for outstanding service in the interest of the National World War II Glider Pilots Association.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The book will be available in the museum shop (retail price: €69)
Maxime Mainguet L'heure H

Maxime Mainguet

Signs his novel L’heure H

| Monday 3 June 2024, from 10am to 6pm

 

The novel: The story takes place mainly on the night of 5 to 6 June, from three different points of view, from French resistance fighters, American paratroopers and German soldiers based in Normandy. A book with a ‘real’ atmosphere. We are with these men, in their thoughts, in their guts, during this night in which the fate of the world is at stake.

An excerpt: “This Normandy that he had got to know on the wood of the models was getting closer by the minute. Already, at the entrance to the hangar, officers were ordering their men out to join the lorries. In a few minutes, it would be Lewis and his men’s turn. Then they would have to get into the planes before jumping out. And then it would be war. 5 June 1944. Confined to the south of England, Lewis was preparing, not without anxiety, to jump over Normandy and its stifling bocage. On the other side of the Channel, Eugène and Otto know almost nothing about these preparations but are eager to fight. The historic night ahead will give them the opportunity.

A few words about the author: Maxime Mainguet, born in 1991, is a journalist with Ouest-France. Since university, he has been developing this subject, which is close to his heart, and in 2020 he published this first novel.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The book will be available in the museum shop
la mode des années 40

Sylvie Caillard

Signs his book La mode des années 40, s’habiller sans renoncer

| Monday 3 June 2024, 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The book:
Sylvie Caillard takes us on a fabulous journey through the history of fashion during the war. Even more than at any other time, fashion had to be creative to continue to exist despite the terrible restrictions. Featuring never-before-seen illustrations, this book completes an earlier work published in 2015 and tells the story of fashion, but also of the refusal to give up and of a certain form of resistance.

A few words about the author: Sylvie Caillard is well known in the Carentan area, where she and her husband run “l’atelier”, a 1940s-style grocery café. She has a real passion for fashion and history, and regularly takes part in historical re-enactments.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The book will be available in the museum shop
la voleuse des marais

Martin Long

Signs his book La voleuse des marais

| Tuesday 4 June 2024, from 10am to 6pm

 

The book: in this novel, we meet Marguerite, an octogenarian from Carentan with a failing memory, Mitch, a centenarian veteran who, on the other side of the Atlantic, is shaken by a photo taken in Normandy in 1945, and a great mystery. Over 150 pages, the author embarks on an investigation with Warrant Officer Moreau into memories, their absence, their power and the need to keep them alive.

A few words about the author: Martin Long is a Franco-British author who has already written some fifteen books. He is passionate about China, but is also attached to Normandy, where he himself has childhood memories. That’s why he wanted to tell this story.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The book will be available in French and English in the museum shop (public price: €17)
Julien DEFER L'occupation en Normandie

Julien Defer

Signs his book L’occupation en Normandie

| Wednesday 5 June 2024, from 10am to 6pm

 

The book: Julien Defer’s book presents the occupation of Normandy through more than 500 previously unpublished photographs taken from German soldiers’ albums. It tells the story of daily life during this period of the Second World War through the eyes of the occupying forces.

A few words about the author: Julien Defer has been a collector of photographs and other documents since his youth, and has always been passionate about the history of Normandy. The stories of his family’s experiences led him in particular to the Second World War.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free (the book will be available in the museum shop for €39.90 – Book in French)
The rifle 2 Andrew Biggio

Andrew Biggio

Signs his book The Rifle

| Wednesday 5 June 2024, 2pm to 4pm

 

The book: In this second volume of The Rifle, Andrew Biggio continues to share the captivating stories of veterans. Ordinary men with extraordinary destinies. This literary adventure began with the author’s fantastic idea to bring together a 1945 M1 Garand (a rifle) and a veteran. This astonishing encounter had the power to release memories and emotions. The book is a collection of testimonies that are as instructive as they are moving.

A few words about the author: The ex-Marine and Afghanistan veteran Andrew Biggio has produced a formidable collection of testimonials from veterans. Over a period of several years, he met with these veterans of 39-45, and in exchange for their testimonies, he had each of them sign a rifle. He will be at the museum at the same time as around ten American veterans.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Greenfield Room or Reception Hall
  • Conditions: free / the author will come with his books
La préparation du jour J

Benoît Rondeau

Signs his book La préparation du jour J

| Friday 7 June 2024, 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm

 

The book : In this book of 260 pages, which will be the subject of a lecture immediately after the book signing, Benoît Rondeau details the strategic debates, the preparatory exercises for the D-Day landings and the daily life of the soldiers during the preparations for D-Day. A highly documented book written by an enthusiast.

Publisher info : Everyone knows about D-Day, the famous Normandy landings popularised by The Longest Day, and whose memory is kept alive by the commemorations and festivities that take place every year at the very sites of this major event of the Second World War. What was missing was a book devoted to the preparation of this formidable amphibious operation, the prelude to the liberation of Europe. Packed with anecdotes and little-known details, this book invites readers to discover the incredible work involved in planning, training troops and developing specific equipment. Readers will be transported from grand strategy to the day-to-day lives of GIs, Tommies and Canucks on the eve of the most ambitious military operation in history.

A few words about the author: Born in 1973, Benoît Rondeau studied at the University of Caen. He is a teacher, historian and former researcher at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Déportation, specialising in the Second World War.

Among the many books and articles he has written, he deals with D-Day, but also with the Afrikakorps, soldiers of different nationalities, Rommel, Patton, airborne operations… and many other subjects. Some of these books will also be available for signing.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The book will be available in the museum shop (retail price: €23)
  • Signing session: 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Conference: 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Normandie Juin 44 - La 2e DB du général Leclerc

Jean Blaise Djian

Signs his comics Normandie juin 1944

| Saturday 8 June 2024, from 10am to 6pm

 

The comics: it’s a series of comics that needs no introduction… or almost no introduction! Throughout Normandy June 44, readers are plunged right into the middle of the major events that marked Normandy at the time of the landings and afterwards. The comic strip format makes these important moments in our history accessible to everyone.

The 10 volumes:

It is on the occasion of the very recent release of volume 10 that JB Djian is back among us.

A few words about the author: born in Courbevoie and now residing in Normandy, Jean Blaise Djian is co-writer on the 10 volumes of this series. He has written numerous other works and he is also a member of the artistic committee of the Hérouville-Saint-Clair comics festival Des Planches et des Vaches.

+ Access conditions

  • Location: Normandy Victory Museum reception hall
  • Conditions: free / The comics will be available in the museum store and you can reserve them in our online store (unit public price: €13.80 or €14.90 depending on the year of publication)

Some works are available in foreign languages. Contact us to find out if they are available in the museum store

To make sure you don’t miss any of these events, take advantage of the DDAY 80 ticket, valid for twelve days.

The DDAY 80 ticket is a skip-the-line ticket valid from June 1 to June 12, 2024. Between these two dates, you can enter and leave the museum as many times as you like!

Of course, you can always buy our traditional one-day ticket.