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  • Normandy ‘44

  • D-Day and the Battle for France
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Normandy ‘44

By: James Holland
Narrated by: John Sackville
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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Riveting!!

Holland is my favourite historian.
I watch his video productions and now his writings fill many travelling hours.

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wonderfully balanced view of DDay

Monty's contribution was argued positively, as was the courage of the 'citizen armies' against the almost kamikaze resistance of the Waffen SS. I thought the narrator's voices were quite brilliant.

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Great research and detail

Wonderful book full. Of amazing stories and well researched.

Ruined by a narrator that continually feels the need to intermittently whisper so you can’t hear at a normal volume. So you have to keep turning the volume up and down.

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Perfection.

A glorious and well crafted book. 10/10 would highly recommend. Holland is a true master of history and its hard telling.

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