Normandy ‘44

Normandy ‘44

The epic Sunday Times bestseller

Summary

'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, and totally recalibrating our understanding of this momentous event.

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 challenges what we think we know. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, introducing a cast of eye-witnesses from foot soldiers to bomber crews, sailors, civilians and resistance fighters.

What readers are saying:
***** 'The most thorough description I have read so far. Well balanced with a real intelligent understanding of events that have been misread for years.'
***** 'Another excellent James Holland book. One of the best writers of WW2 historical books.'
***** 'A wonderful, passionate account. Painstakingly researched and fantastically written.'

Reviews

  • As an account of this mighty and vitally significant clash of armies, Normandy ’44 stands as richly impressive, hard to surpass
    William Boyd, TImes Literary Supplement

About the author

James Holland

James Holland is an award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West, 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, and is also Co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.
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