'a superb account of the invasions that deserves immense praise' 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.
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
James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West and Big Week, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels. He has presented – and written – a large number of television programmes and series, including the film Normandy 44 for the BBC, and is a mainstay of the internationally successful Nazi Megastrucutres. He has scripted and is producing a feature film of his novel, A Pair of Silver Wings. He is also Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Research Fellow at Swansea University. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.