Normandy '44: D-Day and the Battle for France (Hardback)James Holland (author)
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Noted historian James Holland attacks the myths around the D-Day campaign in this masterly exercise in revisionist history. Whilst the initial offensive may have been a spectacular victory for the allies, what followed was a punitive campaign with appalling loss of life on both sides. With a plethora of testimonies from foot soldiers to senior officers this really is the definitive story.
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 and 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, Normandy '44 is an epic telling that will profoundly recalibrate our understanding of its true place in the tide of human history
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 720
Weight: 971 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 47 mm
'…a superb account of the invasion that deserves immense praise.' - The Times