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WWII historian James Holland selects the five best books about D-Day

Dan Sheehan

June 6, 2019, 12:34pm

To mark the 75th anniversary of of the Normandy landings, renowned British WWII historian James Holland (author of the forthcoming Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France) has compiled a list of the five best books about that fateful day.

“Today, those beaches—and Normandy as a whole—are places of tranquil peace and beauty, but back on 6 June 1944 they were the scene of the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted, and one of barely imaginable violence and carnage,” writes Holland. “For the Allies, it was the beginning of the liberation of Europe from the tyranny of Nazism and a pivotal moment in world history. Reading these five books, one gets as close as it’s possible to get to understanding what happened on that day of days.”

Check out all of James’ selections here

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