Imagine if you could read the same secret intelligence-report that the allied commanders Dwight D Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, and Bernard Montgomery used to plan D-Day.
Soon you can.
We are bringing to life the original Neptune Monograph, a top-secret intelligence report from World War 2 that only exists in a few copies today. It has never been published and almost disappeared from history after the war, but we are now restoring the pages of one of the most important documents of WW2.
The original 112 pages contained thorough information about everything from tidal forces to typical battle tactics and had the absolute highest security stamp during WW2: Top Secret Bigot - above Top Secret.
It described the German defenses and typical strongpoints, the risk of chemical attacks and was so thorough it even had an analysis of the soil type on Utah and Omaha Beach.
The book will contain a one-to-one copy of the original Monograph, new historical context and rare photos to explore.
in total app 250 pages in hardcover including the original Monograph, added historical context and rare photos.
We will restore every single page from 1944 to its original look as it was presented in the Neptune Monograph.
The original Monograph will run on the right page throughout the book. Here you get a rare insight into the depth of the incredible intelligence work and literally cast your eyes on the same pages, that the allied command got in their hand for the first time six weeks before D-Day.
Originally the left pages were blank. Here commanders could add their notes and latest updates. We have decided to use this space to give a deeper understanding of the Monograph and add historical context and rare photos on the left pages of the book to explore and get the full picture of how the information was collected.
The Neptune Monograph was split into nine sections giving a deep and rare insight into the situation in Normandy six weeks before D-Day. All nine chapters will be in the book.
The Monograph has more than 14 pages of charts, maps, and graphics showing predicted German troop movements, tidal charts, and graphics of the layout of typical German strongpoints in Normandy as well as charts of the naval threat from warships and mines. The maps, charts, and folios will be restored and be in the book in full color.
Stretch goals are set up to allow us to expand the book into a package complete with full-size maps and a very rare addendum. This is quite expensive, but we would love to add it to the Neptune Monograph (see below for more information about our stretch goals, and how you can help expand the scope of the project).
Henrik Elling has worked for more than 15 years teaching history and as an Editor in Chief at Scandinavia's best selling history- and science magazines. In his job, he has developed and launched hundreds of magazines and more than a dozen books about history covering everything from Stonehenge to World War 2. Today he is the founder of Duckwood Media, that specializes in launching unique history books via crowdfunding.
German-born Andrea Jepp has worked for more than 15 years as an Art Director and Graphic Designer on some of Denmarks most popular magazines and newspapers incl. leading finance-paper Børsen. In her spare time, she is a talented artist with a special love for painting collages and creating posters.
This document is a unique testimonial and insight into the risks, challenges, and fears the allied force faced before the invasion as well as a testimonial to the incredible work by allied intelligence units before D-Day.
It was compiled - with extreme risk - by commandos, naval intelligence, French resistance groups, air surveillance and weather and astronomical experts.
Today only a few full copies exist worldwide and by reproducing this book we preserve one of World War 2s most important historical documents and make it available for a broader audience for the first time since it was finished in April 1944 and in time for the 75th anniversary in 2019.
Lean back and enjoy your copy of one of the most unique World War 2 books ever made delivered in time for Christmas.
Risks and challenges
Risks are low.
In his job as an author and former Editor in Chief Henrik has been responsible for more than a hundred history magazines and more than a handful of books before, so he knows the process and what to do.
Andrea has more than a decade of experience as an Art Director and knows exactly how to work with the reproduction and what quality is needed for the printing process.
On this project, we work with trustworthy people that we have known for several years and that have the expertise to produce the product we want - on a deadline.
The thorough scanning process is complete and the work on the restoration and layout has begun.
The printing will be done in a reputable printing facility in Denmark, which is specialized in book printing. They are easy to communicate with and delivers outstanding quality.
The fulfillment is done by professional companies, who have done excellent handling before. They will be responsible for sending most of the books out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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