Written by Giles Milton.
'Vivid, graphic and moving' Mail on Sunday Book of the Year
The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces could gain a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be possible.
But if driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years. D-DAY: The SOLDIERS' STORY lays bare the terror of those trapped on both sides in the frontline of Operation Overlord: the butcher's boy, the Panzer Commander's wife, the chauffeur of the General Staff, a conscripted German female radio operator, the men on the beaches. In a thrilling canvas of human action, this book reveals 'the longest day' as never before - drawn in its entirety from the vivid experiences of those who were there.
This vast canvas of human bravado reveals 'the longest day' as never before - less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there. 'It has a wonderful immediacy and vitality - living history in every sense' Anthony Horowitz 'Fantastic' Dan Snow 'Compellingly authentic, revelatory and beautifully written.
A gripping tour deforce' Damien Lewis 'Stirring and unsettling in equal measure, this is history writing at its most powerful' Evening Standard