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.
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 forty books, including The Art of Blitzkrieg, The Commandos 1940 – 1946 and The Second World War in the West. Messenger has also written biographies of three of the major German players in Normandy – von Rundstedt, Rommel and Sepp Dietrich – and has written and co-directed major television series for BBC Worldwide.