Peter Caddick-Adams

Sand and Steel
  • Sand and Steel

  • The most comprehensive and authoritative history of D-Day ever published

    ‘Extraordinary’ Andrew Roberts
    ‘Fascinating’ Daily Mail
    ‘Magisterial’ James Holland
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    6 June 1944, 4 a.m. Hundreds of boats assemble off the coast of France. By nightfall, thousands of the men they carry will be dead.

    This was D-Day, the most important day of the twentieth century.

    In Sand and Steel, one of Britain’s leading military historians offers a panoramic new account of the Allied invasion of France. Drawing on a decade of new research, Peter Caddick-Adams masterfully recreates what it was like to wade out onto the carnage of Omaha Beach, or parachute behind enemy lines in Normandy. He explores the year-long preparations that went into the invasion, overturning decades-old assumptions about Allied strategy. And he pays tribute to the remarkable individuals who made D-Day possible – not just soldiers on the beaches, but also paratroopers, sailors, aircrews, and women on the Home Front.

    The result is a compulsively readable account of the greatest battle of the Second World War. It will be the definitive work on D-Day for years to come.
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    ‘A hugely impressive book which makes full use of a lifetime of learning and experience.’ Herald

    ‘Peter Caddick-Adams’ D-Day must surely go down as the definitive narrative of that pivotal moment in the history of the war.’ James Holland

    ‘This is a warts-and-all forensic examination of the Allied invasion, offering stacks of insight based on a decade of research.’ Soldier

RELEASED 16/04/2020

Peter Caddick-Adams is a Lecturer at the UK Defence Academy specialising in military history and media operations working alongside the late Richard Holmes. His special areas of interest are battlefield history and he researches in Military Doctrine and Leadership. He has led over 200 visits to more than 50 battlefields around the world. He joined the Territorial Army in 1985 and serves as a military media advisor in the rank of major.