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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Normandy , by James Holland, read by John Sackville 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 thedays 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 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

12 thoughts on “Normandy ‘44: D-Day and the Battle for France (Audio Download): James Holland, John Sackville, Random House Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Jim Lad Jim Lad says:

    I found this description of the battle for France 1944 the most thorough I had read so far, and well balanced with a real intelligent understanding of events that have been misread for years I took part in the D Day landing as a wireless operator, not a fighting soldier, the real heroes, and had no idea what was happening around us The army is a rumour mill, so thanks to this well written book I now have a true picture of the events that took place all those years ago Thank you.

  2. SSS SSS says:

    There is an immense amount of research in this book and Mr Holland does not hold back on the terrors of warfare, including in the pictures It is one of the few I have read with such graphic descriptions The overall handling of the sometimes fractious relationships between the main Allies is fair and informative.My only very slight crit is that perhaps note might have been made of Operation Fortitude, the deception plan to keep the Nazis near the Pas de Calais and one of the major reasons why they did not move West towards the Normandy beaches.Other than that a fascinating and informative read.

  3. D J Webb D J Webb says:

    A brilliant book Contains extreme battle field scenes to show real warfare from both sides Quite unlike The glorious one sided view as shown in American films Another high quality book from James Holland.

  4. LARKUM LARKUM says:

    Before I read this book I wondered if we needed another Normandy book.However it was well worth a read It balances out some of the very negative views of the Allied leadership and troops expressed in some previous books Normandy was a bloody battle of attrition but as James Holland points out,given the nature of the terrain and German tactics,it was inevitable Not only have the Allied troops been given much deserved credit for their efforts and sacrifice,but proper recognition has been given to the amazing logistical achievements of the Allies.

  5. northernblue northernblue says:

    There are many books about D Day and its aftermath, but it would be difficult to find an comprehensive and engaging account than this volume Some will inevitably find fault and take pleasure in telling the world but I wasn t there and have no reason to doubt the author s extensive research, as evidenced by the comprehensive appendices What I do like is the way the author has attempted to cover the story from all perspectives allied, axis and to a lesser degree civilian and the non dogmatic way he offers his own interpretation of events I did get lost in some of the detail but that was simply because of the complexity of the campaign and my lack of familiarity with the terrain, rather than the way the author conveyed it The extensive maps will delight those with a strategic mind, but would have been better cross linked to the relevant text or placed within the appropriate chapters Overall, it is an excellent work.

  6. Mhic Mhic says:

    First few pages of maps particularly the beaches look good but Utah doesn t seem to be named except on final map Not useful for people who don t know the history of d day and not great for those who landed at Utah beach Will amend later after further reading.

  7. D. Fenton D. Fenton says:

    Another excellent James Holland book Extremely well researched as usual Every book of his I ve read was been a most enjoyable experience One of the very best writers of WW2 historical books.

  8. Anglian Traveller Anglian Traveller says:

    James Holland s new book Normandy 44 D Day and the Battle for France stretches to 540 pages of text illustrated by than 50 contemporary monochrome photos It contains extensive appendices and notes and some excellent maps to illustrate the progress of the campaign.Holland examines the whole of the 11 week campaign from both allied and German perspectives, describing the strategic thinking and emphasising the huge logistics involved 7,000 naval vessels committed to the assault and subsequent reinforcement supply, 200,000 tons of bombs dropped by allied air forces, the enormous numbers of vehicles and other materials stockpiled and deployed.Treatment of the main characters including the controversial Monty I felt was fair and balanced Holland argues that although initial allied forecasts of rapid early progress like taking Caen on D Day proved overly optimistic when faced by stubborn German resistance in country favourable to defenders, in fact the complete rout of all German forces in France forcing a general eastward retreat of the surviving units in less than three months was a great strategic military achievement in historic context The death and injury rates among combatants in the Normandy campaign were so great they compared unfavourably with the huge battles on the Western Front in WW1 like Ypres, Passchendaele and The Somme.Overall the book is an immersive narrative of the summer 1944 campaign Holland is a good writer whose prose rarely fails to engage, and editing is very good if not exemplary Four and a half stars.

  9. Pieter Pieter says:

    After reading many book about the fighting in Normandie this is almost a complete rewrite of Its history The writer takes you to the different battles seen from both sides and counters many myths about the fighting by British Canadian and USA armen forces Lots of lesser known pictures are Shawn in this book A must read

  10. Carlos Carlos says:

    No le da por ser un regalo para otra persona El conocimiento de Holland sobre el tema es garant a para haberlo elegido

  11. Re Re says:

    This title is well written The content is also quite interesting, and comprehensive than I was expecting I would recommend it.

  12. Marc Marc says:

    A smooth flowing, factually correct account that keeps you reading until the end I wanted the story in a nutshell and this book delivered it without delving too deep into individual heroics.