Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasions and the Liberation of France

By Peter Caddick-Adams

Following on from Snow and Steel, Peter Caddick-Adams draws on his own first-hand research to deliver this incisive, comprehensive narrative – Sand and Steel is a go-to book if you want to understand the run-up to and events of June 1944. From the painstaking preparation ‘at home’ to the battles fought from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and beyond, Peter uses personal testimony to provide the details that add value to both sides of the coin: the German preparations and Rommel’s plans, as well as the Allies’ plans for landing on Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. His writing is to the point, but this doesn’t mean he overlooks the intriguing minutiae and detail found in operational logistics of the day – rather, he crafts each chapter carefully in a way that makes facts and figures easy to absorb. Understand the strategic and psychological influences behind Overlord and Neptune; get to know the men and their methods; read Sand and Steel from cover to cover – and then make room for another Caddick-Adams on your bookshelves…

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