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The D-Day Atlas

Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign

Charles Messenger, James Holland


A vivid re-creation of the D-Day invasion and its aftermath, told through detailed maps, authoritative text by a noted military historian and contemporary photographs

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This powerful study chronicles the evolution of the invasion plan and culminates in a day-by-day account of the landings by sea and by air on the Normandy beaches, followed by the grim six-week struggle to break through the German defences. An important feature is the space devoted to the German point of view, based on the latest archival research, and the organization of the French Resistance in northern and western France.

At the heart of the book are 71 maps in full colour, many drawing in detail on those used by the Allies in 1944. Specially commissioned reconstruction drawings and contemporary photographs help bring the beaches and bocage of Normandy to life.

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'Well-informed and clearly illustrated … excellent'

'Messenger’s knowledge of his subject comes through in the clear, info-packed, subtopic-laden essays'
Publisher's Weekly

'Wonderful ... a new preface by James Holland aptly sets the scene, highlighting the scale of the landings. If you are completely new to D-Day, this is the ideal start. Yet, even if you are inherently familiar with this all-important battle, The D-Day Atlas is still a fantastic companion'
Britain at War

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.2 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 178

Publication date: 16 May 2024

ISBN: 9780500297643

About the Author

Charles Messenger spent nineteen years in the Royal Tank Regiment before pursuing a career as a military historian and defence analyst. He is the author of over 40 books, including The Art of Blitzkrieg, The Commandos 1940 – 1946 and The Second World War in the West. He has also written biographies of three of the major German players in Normandy – von Rundstedt, Rommel and Sepp Dietrich. He has written and co-directed major television series for BBC Worldwide. James Holland is an author and broadcaster who specialises in World War II. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books on the subject, including Normandy 44’: D-Day and the Battle for France. He is also the co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and presents the podcast We Have Ways of Making you Talk with Al Murray.