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Normandy ‘44

D-Day and the Battle for France
Narrated by: John Sackville
Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Normandy '44, 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 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.

  • 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.
©2019 James Holland (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Maps from the book would be extremely helpful

Some errors are obvious e.g DSO is Distinguished Service Order (all Commonwealth forces) not the Distinguished Service Cross (Commonwealth's Navy only and below DSO). John's language mimicry adds to the overall experience.

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  • per
  • 18-09-2019

If he says meanwhile one more time I am gonna die!

Slow start, but did build towards the end. a bit droning at times. And please drop the Nazi accent! it is just stupid, just say the words in German and if you cant German learn it.

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  • Adrian Johansson
  • 28-07-2019

The author clearly don't know the technical stuff

the book is good but there is an allarming ammount of errors regarding equippment and tactics

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  • Ian David Williamson
  • 28-05-2019

New perspectives on D-Day

In this book James Holland reviews another aspect of WWII and sheds new light on a well documented time in our history. The book is interesting as it combines views from the strategic planning level with those of people at the front and, importantly, fills in some of the vast gap in the middle. In this way he gives the reader a much clearer understanding of what took place before, during and after the invasion. One negative, I did have to refer to maps, which I assume are in the book, to ensure I understood the movement on the ground but otherwise it was very enlightening and I recommend it to anyone interested in D-Day.

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  • Ellen
  • 10-06-2019

Wonderful

This is one of the best books of it’s kind that I have listened to. It isn’t a dry, heavy opinionated account of events but one that ties events together, drawing from sources across the land, sea and air forces on both sides of the fight.
It is written in real time, sources and accounts interweave which allows the listener to understand the scope of the whole thing which even all these years later seems like an incredible achievement.
The narration is spot on, it’s easy to listen to John Sackville.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2019

fantastic

has to be one of the best best books on D-Day I have listened to. well read brilliant story will listen again.

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  • TERRY O'SHEA
  • 15-07-2019

Outstanding , a must read

I have learnt ,understood, appreciated so much of what happened .Thank you James Holland , brilliantly written and John Sackville so well narrated you held my attention from beginning to end .

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  • Nautilus
  • 24-06-2019

A fresh look at the Normandy campaign

I found this book immensely gripping giving a different view of the campaign not from any one perspective of the nations involved but an overview of all thing good and bad.

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  • Pandarama
  • 16-10-2019

Best WW2 historian out there

I haven’t yet found one of his books that isn’t a thrill. Intertwining personal stories and narrative with deeply factual analysis of events is masterstroke I will continue reading/listening to for a long time

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  • Alec Sharples
  • 13-10-2019

Close your eyes and you could have been there.

The facts and figures are revealed on every pages and they absolutely blow your mind. The insights in to the main characters involved in this theatre of war are amazing ang go a very long way indeed in helping the reader to work out why some events turned around the way they did.

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  • AJP
  • 23-09-2019

Another excellent James Holland book

Excellent book and well narrated. Thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in WW2 history. James Holland always puts a different side to the story and this is no different.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-2019

A great new perspective on the Normandy Battle.

This is a fantastic book with lots of eyewitness accounts from both sides. It looks at the battle from new and different angles.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2019

Another excellent presentation

A superb book providing a fresh take on a well-known series of events. It is engagingly presented and the narration does the text full justice. Recommended.

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