Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, James Holland draws on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world to offer a new perspective on this historic time.
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, it's time to draw some radically different conclusions.
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 presents a broader overview, one that challenges much of what we think we know about D-Day and the Normandy campaign. The sheer size and scale of the Allies’ war machine ultimately dominates the strategic, operational and tactical limitations of the German forces.
This was a brutal campaign. In terms of daily casualties, the numbers were worse than for any one battle during the First World War.
About the Author
- Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world.
- Introducing a cast of eye-witnesses that includes foot soldiers, tank men, fighter pilots and bomber crews, sailors, civilians, resistance fighters and those directing the action.
- An epic telling that will profoundly recalibrate our understanding of its true place in the tide of human history.
James Holland is a historian, writer and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain
and Dam Busters
, and, most recently, Burma ’44
, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner
novels. He is currently writing an acclaimed three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West.
He has presented – and written – a large number of television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, History and Discovery.
He is also co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and co-founder of WarGen.org an online Second World War resource site, and presents the Chalke Valley History Hit podcast. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society.