D-Day and the Battle for France
Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, James Holland draws on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world to offer a new perspective on this historic time.
Renowned World War Two historian James Holland presents an entirely new perspective on one of the most important moments in recent history. Unflinchingly examining the brutality and violence that characterised the campaign, it's time to draw some radically different conclusions.
D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge.
In this reexamined history, James Holland presents a broader overview, one that challenges much of what we think we know about D-Day and the Normandy campaign. The sheer size and scale of the Allies’ war machine ultimately dominates the strategic, operational and tactical limitations of the German forces.
This was a brutal campaign. In terms of daily casualties, the numbers were worse than for any one battle during the First World War.
·Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world
·Introducing a cast of eye-witnesses that includes foot soldiers, tank men, fighter pilots and bomber crews, sailors, civilians, resistance fighters and those directing the action
·An epic telling that will profoundly recalibrate our understanding of its true place in the tide of human history
“‘a superb account of the invasions that deserves immense praise…To convey the human drama of Normandy requires great knowledge and sensitivity. Holland has both in spades’.”
“‘As an account of this mighty and vitally significant clash of armies, Normandy ’44 stands as richly impressive, hard to surpass.’”
William Boyd, TImes Literary Supplement
“'an invigorating new history of the Allied invasion of France’”
Strong Words Magazine
“a readable account of one of the 20th century's most defining battles provides a strategic overview enlivened by personal accounts of the horror ... for the general reader there are plenty of surprises”
“an impressive new account of D-Day ... Holland knows his stuff when it comes to military matters ... he reads the minds of the generals, their tactics, their blunders - on both sides”
“Laced with firsthand accounts...the book provides an invaluable narrative”
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine
“A powerful account of the invasion”
“Any past criticism of General Montgomery’s leadership and tactics is put into a fresh focus … armed with the newly-presented facts we are able to make sense of the broader picture”
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