Military history high on the Christmas reading list
It’s nice that our good friend the esteemed military historian Dr Peter Caddick-Adams has seen three of his books become favoured Christmas presents this year.
At the weekend he tweeted “Three books of mine have been flying off the shelves in this 75th anniversary year, including Snow & Steel, my history of the Bulge campaign. The other is Sand & Steel: A New History of D-Day.”
It has indeed been a vintage year for the commemoration of momentous events that proved pivotal in the course of the Second World War.
None more so than D-Day, the allied invasion of France in June 1944. And 75 years on it also seems a good time to reflect, re-examine and discover the true history of that extraordinary military operation.
Peter Caddick-Adams Sand and Steel does precisely that, giving us a fresh view of the Allied Invasion of France in June 1944 examining the background to Operation Overlord, and the lesser known Operation Dragoon - the invasion of the southern France.
Between them these two events made up what was arguably the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times. Caddick-Adams examines its progress from the years of painstaking and costly preparation, through to the pitched battles fought along France's north and south coasts and the push east.
A history covering all the elements of D-Day, and to reveal in full what lay behind eventual Allied victory in Europe. The Allied invasion of Europe involved mind-boggling logistics, including orchestrating the largest flotilla of ships ever assembled. Its strategic and psychological demands stretched the Allies to their limits, testing the strengths of the bonds of Anglo-American leadership.
A fascinating and illuminating read.