Command and Valour

Command and Valour : The Grand Strategy of D-Day & the Battle for Normandy and How 21 Heroic Deeds Helped Enable Victory

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With D-Day and the Battle for Normandy being one of the most written about episodes of military history, it would be easy to assume that after 75 years had passed, that generations of historians would by now, have reached a consensus as to who were the leading protagonists in leading the way for the Western Allies most famous victory during the Second World War. It is indeed amazing to consider that many of the most commonly held perceptions of what exactly happened in 1944 are nothing but deeply ingrained myths, repeated so often that they now go unchallenged.

In Command and Valour, the author addresses these myths head on, and without taking prisoners, readdresses the truth of the battle reaching conclusions which may surprise many of those who thought they already knew all there was to know on such an iconic subject. Alongside this story, the author recounts, for the very first time in a single volume, the instances of incredible valour which led to the 21 Victoria Crosses and Medals of Honor to be awarded during the Normandy campaign.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 198.12 x 269.24 x 22.86mm | 1,088.62g
  • Kent, United Kingdom
  • English
  • heavily illustrated - 106 photographs & 39 maps
  • 1781220115
  • 9781781220115
  • 368,460

Table of contents

Preface / Acknowledgements


Chapter One A History of the Medal of Honor and Victoria Cross
Chapter Two Operation Overlord


Chapter Three The President's Son
Chapter Four Bloody Omaha
Chapter Five The Man They Couldn't Kill


Chapter Six Consolidation
Chapter Seven Cutting the Peninsula
Chapter Eight Objective Cherbourg
Chapter Nine How the West was Won
Chapter Ten Colossal Cracks


Chapter Eleven Breakout for Victory
Chapter Twelve Setting the Trap
Chapter Thirteen Tying the Noose
Chapter Fourteen Dante's Inferno
Chapter Fifteen Conclusion


One Travelling to Normandy / Visiting the Battlefield Today
Two German Order of Battle / First Deployment
Three Bibliography / Suggested Reading
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Review quote

A wonderfully informative book, and a breath of fresh air for those of us tired of the popular narrative which bulldozes over the plain truth. * Army Rumour Service 16/05/2019 * ... compelling and well argued... * The Armourer 03/06/2019 *
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About Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson is a history graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of York St. John. Since 2004 he has worked as a full-time historian and battlefield guide based in Normandy, France. During this time, Stuart has written numerous works focusing on D-Day and the subsequent campaign in North-West Europe and has provided consultation to and has carried out research work for national and international journals and broadcasters. In 2015, Stuart was elected to the membership of the Royal Historical Society.
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