New ed., 2000. 555 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 17cm. Bump to lower corner o/w Nr.FINE. This book offers a fresh and revolutionary new perspective on the Allied campaign in Normandy in 1944, so much so that Nigel Hamilton, the biographer of Montgomery, considers that it will ‘keep historians arguing for a decade’. For the first time this book gives the true and fullest account of how Montgomery conceived and executed the Battle of Normandy in 1944. In addition, it is only now that many key people have disclosed their accounts of what actually happened, in a way that they were not willing to do during Montgomery’s lifetime. The author explains how Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke masterminded Montgomery’s appointment to command; how Montgomery devised the battle-plan for Normandy; how the bridgehead battle failed to develop as planned after D-Day, and how Montgomery was forced by this failure to change his master-plan immediately after 6 June. The quarrels between the air chiefs themselves and with Montgomery are investigated fully, as are the appalling losses of British and Canadian infantry. The question of manpower availability is examined. The truth is also told about the role of Montgomery and Bradley during the closing of the great Allied trap at Falaise. Step by step the reader is taken through the Normandy campaign from the conception of the idea after Dunkirk to the key battles which determined the outcome, with maps explaining clearly the strategy and logistics of each battle. An excellent study.