Normandy ’44: D-Day and the pic 77-day Battle for France by James Holland

July 6, 2021

Terry Dorsey just finished Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France by James Holland which staff at E. Shaver Booksellers recommended to him during a recent visit to Savannah, Georgia. Terry found Normandy ’44 to offer much more detail on the battle, from both sides (Allies and Germans) than any other book he has read on this subject.  Critics share Terry’s enthusiasm and their comments appear below. Readers may also want to click on the following link to hear James Holland on D-Day
“While the invasion’s first wave consumes half the book’s ammunition, Mr. Holland holds plenty in reserve for the Allied crawl through hedgerow country, the battle with Hitler’s panzers at Caen, the brilliant breakout of Operation Cobra seven weeks after D-Day, and the corpse-strewn German retreat through the Falaise Gap . . . Detail and scope are the twin strengths of Normandy ’44 . . . Mr. Holland effectively balances human drama with the science of war as the Allies knew it.”―Jonathan W. Jordan, Wall Street Journal

“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.”Times (UK)

“Any brief analysis of an undertaking of this size cannot do justice to Holland’s impressive organization of facts, figures and details . . . Every detail is scrupulously referenced . . . As an account of this mighty and vitally significant clash of armies on many battlefields Normandy ’44 stands as richly impressive, hard to surpass.”―William Boyd, Times Literary Supplement

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