Advocating Overlord: The D-Day Strategy and the Atomic Bomb


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Potomac Books
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6.25 X 9.48 X 1.35 inches | 1.69 pounds

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About the Author

Philip Padgett spent forty years working in national security and preparedness analysis in the military, government, and the private sector. As deputy intelligence adviser at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he supported negotiations for five international treaties and agreements. On contract, he has led integrated analyses for studies of the East-West military balance, nuclear doctrine and deterrence, NATO command and control, and arms control compliance monitoring. In his retirement Padgett joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Reserve Corps and assisted in national emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy. For more information about Advocating Overlord, visit


"Advocating Overlord is a welcome reminder of what can be accomplished when allied nations' military and political leaders overcome national biases and rivalries to recognize common interests."--Francis P./I>--Francis P. Sempa "New York Journal of Books "
"From the very first sentence, this is a gripping tale that illuminates the critical transition from World War II into the Atomic Age. Exhaustively documented, this book is a treasure for the amateur and professional historian alike."--David Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist -- (09/20/2017)
"A textual Bayeux Tapestry, Philip Padgett's panorama is a mesmerizing tale of how in 1943 Franklin Roosevelt rebuffed Winston Churchill's passion for an exclusively Mediterranean campaign and authorized instead the Anglo-American amphibious assault on Normandy of June 6, 1944, meanwhile limiting British participation in development of the atomic bomb."--Kenneth J. Hagan, professor of history and museum director emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy-- (09/15/2017)
"Padgett has provided us with an excellent, extremely insightful study of the pivotal negotiations during 1943 that determined whether and how the fledgling Anglo-American alliance would solidify to make a significant contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and go on to provide the basis for post-war western security."--Richard H. Harding, professor of organizational history at the University of Westminster and coeditor of Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The Age of Revolution and Reform, 1700-1850-- (09/15/2017)
"Even those well versed in the history of the war will find much to ponder here, including the entanglement of Operation Overlord, the American effort to exclude the British from participation in the building of the atomic bomb, and the final transformation of America's international role, away from 'hemispheric defense' and toward enduring global engagement."--Daniel Moran, professor of international and military history in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and coeditor of Maritime Strategy and Global Security-- (09/15/2017)
"Philip Padgett has provided a novel roadmap for tracing this familiar story. His Advocating Overlord is evocatively written and grounded in authoritative research in British and U.S. sources; it offers an intriguing thesis regarding the nexus of issues that led to Operation Overlord."--Theodore A. Wilson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas-- (09/15/2017)
"Very well written and very well researched in British and American archival and manuscript materials as well as published works, Philip Padgett's Advocating Overlord provides a detailed analysis of the Anglo-American disagreements over both European strategy and atomic sharing during World War II. In doing so it offers a provocative, fascinating reinterpretation of the relationship between the two disputes."--Mark A. Stoler, editor of the George C. Marshall Papers and professor emeritus of history at the University of Vermont-- (09/15/2017)
"Philip Padgett not only offers a carefully-argued and nuanced account of D-Day and all that went with it, but shows how the apparently unconnected Anglo-American wartime effort to build an atomic bomb informed and sometimes complicated Overlord planning at the highest level. This connectivity is rarely discussed but in Advocating Overlord it becomes the driver of a fascinating account of Anglo-American military planning, politics and diplomacy."--Kevin Ruane, professor of modern history at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of Churchill and the Bomb in War and Cold War-- (10/19/2017)
"Philip Padgett provides keen insights into the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain as its leaders worked toward the planned allied invasion of Europe, as well as the engineering and construction of the atomic bomb. Padgett has written an insightful history of how these two significant events influenced one another within the context of the Second World War."--Sean N. Kalic, author of The U.S. Presidents and the Militarization of Space 1946-1967-- (11/03/2017)
"One would think the story of the conception and planning for the D-Day landings had been well covered, but Padgett, a veteran of decades of service in national security, disarmament, and preparedness analysis, breaks surprising new ground in this book. . . . Advocating Overlord is a very good read for anyone interested in the Second World War."--A. A./I>--A. A. Nofi "Strategy Page "
"Advocating Overlord presents two worthy overarching lessons for today's warfighter. First, it displays how strategic leaders make executive decisions and operational staffs negotiate details to meet the political vision. Second, it illustrates how to plan and win against a peer competitor in multiple warfighting domains under formidable resource constraints. . . . A testament to the single-battle concept too often ignored during the counterinsurgency era. I recommend Advocating Overlord primarily because it reinforces the basics of planning and decision making for today's military professional."--Bradley Fultz, Proceedings-- (12/01/2018)
"A fascinating narrative."--Bradley P. Tolppanen, A Blog on Winston Churchill-- (06/06/2019)