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From the bestselling author of Normandy '44, containing new and unpublished research, this is the largely untold story of the critical campaign that became a vital precursor to D-Day.
James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, Burma '44 and, most recently, Big Week, 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, The War in the West. He has presented - and written - many television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, History and Discovery Channels. 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 Chalk Valley History Hit podcast. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he also has a weekly podcast with Al Murray, We Have Ways of Making You Talk- Al Murray and James Holland Talk World War II. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.
Marshalling a wealth of primary and secondary sources into an
engrossing narrative, Holland fills a yawning gap in histories of
WWII. This magisterial account is a must-read for military history
fans. * Publishers Weekly *
Perfect territory for a military historian of Holland's talents * The Times *
Historians too often neglect that emotional tapestry. War is characterised as arrows on a map, tables of munitions, cold casualty statistics. Holland's skill lies in bringing these warriors to life with vivid prose. He's a prolific historian of the war, but each book is constructed with great care and emotional commitment...Holland is obsessed with war, but fortunately does not seem to love it. He recognises its beauty, but also its vileness * The Times *