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Normandy ‘44

The epic Sunday Times bestseller

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Publisher Description

'A devastating new account..Holland knows his stuff when it comes to military matters' Daily Mail, Book of the Week
'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.

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.

Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world and introducing a cast of eye-witnesses including foot soldiers, tank men, fighter pilots and more, James Holland's epic telling profoundly recalibrates our understanding of its true place in the tide of human history.

The new, sweeping World War II book from James Holland, THE SAVAGE STORM, is available now.

16 May

Customer Reviews

BenoBigBeno ,

Why The Allies Succeeded in Normandy

If you love James Holland’s other books you will not be disappointed with this one. Lots of primary sources quoted with the added human interest and content. James when he writes does so having, “walked the ground first”. For too many years I have read books critical of the British army, troops and leaders and weapons and lauding the German army and Luftwaffe paratroopers in every respect leaving the question how the hell did the Allies win the war? There are books suggesting Allied ground forces owed too much to Soviet efforts conveniently ignoring the integrated combined efforts and success of the Allies land, air and sea forces on multiple fronts while considerable efforts were made to minimise Allied deaths. The all volunteer Canadians are of course integral to the Normandy invasion and the gallant Poles not forgotten. Read James Holland and learn why and how the Allies won the war and why the Axis powers lost. The Axis were outsmarted and outfought. Unfortunately and tragically this victory came a terrific cost to the people of Normandy which the book acknowledges.

agah1971 ,

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

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