Out in May – on a year which marks the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day – James Holland’s latest book looks to re-examine our understanding of Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy and France in the summer of 1944.
Having always been fascinated by D-Day and the ensuing campaign in Normandy since my passion and interest in this period of history first began, I had been keenly awaiting this new book by James Holland looking at these monumental events.
As always, like James’s other books, Normandy ’44 is excellently written and interwoven with an array of fascinating personal accounts from those who witnessed these events first-hand; these are also taken from many different levels and perspectives that really helps to bring the story of D-Day and the fighting in France to life with every turn of the page.
Normandy ’44 almost reads like one of Holland’s fictional novels and is incredibly easy to digest, so much so that I am struggling to put the book down. James’s examination and emphasis on the central role that Allied airpower played, the sheer mind-boggling scale of the operational level and logistics involved in the Allied campaign, as well as his emphasis that the British, Canadian and Commonwealth forces role has been underplayed, including his fresh critique in Montgomery’s command style was refreshing and provided an incredibly interesting read indeed.
‘Impeccably researched and superbly written.’ Observer
‘James Holland is the best of the new generation of WW2 historians.’
‘Holland has something new to say. Every page is alive with a level of excitement and enthusiasm…filled with insight and detail.’ Neil Oliver
‘Holland debunks many myths about the period that still linger in popular writing…Exceptional.’ Wall Street Journal
‘It is the voices of the fighting men that lift this book above the level of a simple battle narrative.’ The Times
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Photo Credits: All images kindly provided by James Holland and the Pengiun Random House Team.