Random House presents the audiobook edition of Normandy '44 by James Holland, read by John Sackville.
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
Good book, shame about the narration.
I bought the audiobook after having purchased and listened to the excellent Burma '44. The narration is dreadful. The person uses silly foreign accents to denote the nationality of the speaker and then goes on to mispronounce words. He uses American pronounciations for not only British ranks but German as well. Kiel is pronounced 'Kyle'. I could go on and unfortunately I won't with this audiobook. The publishers should have spent a bit more money and got a professional to narrate it.