• Marshalling a wealth of primary and secondary sources into an engrossing narrative, Holland fills a yawning gap in histories of WWII. This magisterial account is a must-read for military history fans.

    Publishers Weekly
  • Perfect territory for a military historian of Holland's talents

    The Times
  • Historians too often neglect that emotional tapestry. War is characterised as arrows on a map, tables of munitions, cold casualty statistics. Holland's skill lies in bringing these warriors to life with vivid prose. He's a prolific historian of the war, but each book is constructed with great care and emotional commitment...Holland is obsessed with war, but fortunately does not seem to love it. He recognises its beauty, but also its vileness

    The Times
  • Revelatory

    BBC History Magazine
  • James Holland delivers the account in his usual engaging style and supplements it with excellent pictures and maps. An easy win at Christmas for the history buff in your life

    Soldier magazine

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