'A superb account of the invasion that deserves immense praise. To convey the human drama of Normandy requires great knowledge and sensitivity. Holland has both in spades' The Times
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, and totally recalibrating our understanding of this momentous event.
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 challenges what we think we know. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, introducing a cast of eye-witnesses from foot soldiers to bomber crews, sailors, civilians and resistance fighters.
What readers are saying:
***** 'The most thorough description I have read so far. Well balanced with a real intelligent understanding of events that have been misread for years.'
***** 'Another excellent James Holland book. One of the best writers of WW2 historical books.'
***** 'A wonderful, passionate account. Painstakingly researched and fantastically written.'
Adds new insight to a well known battle
I found this a well paced, heart felt and informative read on a battle that has been picked over by so many. It gives a nuanced perspective of the Allied armies that I haven’t seen before and I feel better balances the realities of the situation and clears up some of the post war impressions of the commanders. Many thanks to James Holland