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Sand and Steel


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Peter Caddick-Adams is a lecturer in military history and current defense issues at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is the author of Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell and Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45. He holds the rank of major in the British Territorial Army and has served with U.S. forces in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.


"Peter Caddick-Adams is one of our brightest military historians and SAND AND STEEL offers the whole enchilada: deep research, operational acumen, and taut, terse writing. He gives us every beach, every army, every minute, with a humane eye, and with none of the special pleading for this nation or that general that tends to mar such volumes. Caddick-Adams was there thirty-five years ago when President Ronald Reagan immortalized "the boys of Pointe du Hoc" and all the others, vowing that we would always remember them. This book helps fulfill that pledge." -- Rob Citino, Senior Historian, the National World War Two Museum, New Orleans, author of Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm and The German Way of War

"Even those who know a great deal about the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 will find much to admire in this detailed account. Peter Caddick-Adams punctures a number of D-Day myths, but he is at his best in weaving together the personal stories from hundreds of interviews compiled over two decades, and the result is an account of the campaign viewed not only from the conference room or headquarters, but also from the deckplate, the cockpit, the turret, and the foxhole of ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen." -- Craig L. Symonds, author of Operation Neptune and World War II at Sea

"A brilliant exploration of the military aspects of Overlord, this is an account of fortitude and an investigation of success. Following his excellent study of the Battle of the Bulge, Caddick-Adams does it again by explaining, as opposed to simply describing, the Allies' victory." -- Jeremy Black, author of Rethinking World War Two

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