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Normandy '44

D-Day and the Battle for France

James Holland

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Corgi
03 November 2020
From established historian James Holland, this is the top ten bestselling and second biggest history book of 2019.

'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.
By:   James Holland
Imprint:   Corgi
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   604g
ISBN:   9780552176118
ISBN 10:   0552176117
Pages:   864
Publication Date:   03 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Normandy '44: D-Day and the Battle for France

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 * A superb account of the invasions that deserves immense praise...To convey the human drama of Normandy requires great knowledge and sensitivity. Holland has both in spades * The Times * An invigorating new history of the Allied invasion of France * Strong Words Magazine * A readable account of one of the 20th century's most defining battles provides a strategic overview enlivened by personal accounts of the horror ... for the general reader there are plenty of surprises * The i * An impressive new account of D-Day ... Holland knows his stuff when it comes to military matters ... he reads the minds of the generals, their tactics, their blunders - on both sides * Daily Mail *


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