Pen & Sword Books ~ Major & Mrs. Holt’s Definitive Battle Field Guide ~ D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches


By Tonie and Valmai Holt


352 pages

Printed by Pen & Sword Military, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd.

Copyright © Tonie and Valmai Holt, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014

ISBN 978 184884 570 1

MSRP – £16.99
Major Tonie Holt and his wife of over 50 years, Valmai have provided us with some of the most in depth comprehensive books with their Battlefield Guides series. These book give the readers and would be travelers the most comprehensive direction to some of the most popular battlefields of the First and Second World Wars and more.

Their latest addition, D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, is actually a updated seventh edition. There are many new additions for the historical traveler to see along with the addition of GPS locations. This book is the most complete guide to the to the D-Day Landings and the inland assault in Normandy.

This book has been written for the curious traveler in mind. Designed to give a place by place guide to the landings, memorials, cemeteries, museums and more, this guide provides the visitor with an abundance of information to give them a basic understanding to what transpired prior to and including that day in June of 1944; D-Day.


• Abbreviations
• Introduction
• How to Use the Guide
• Historical Summary
• Approach One: Portsmouth-Cherbourg
• Approach Two: Dover-Calais-Caen
• Itinerary One: US Airborne Operations & Utah Beach
• Itinerary Two: US Rangers Operations & Omaha Beach
• Itinerary Three: Bayeux, Arromanches & Gold Beach
• Itinerary Four: Canadian Operations, Carpiquet to Juno Beach
• Itinerary Five: Allied Comando Operations/Sword Beach to Caen
• Itinerary Six: Pegasus Bridge and British Airborne Operations
• Allied and German Wargrave & Commemorative Associations
• Tourist Information Where to Stay
• Acknowledgements
• Index
• Stop Press


There are 352 pages packed with over 400 recommended sites to visit with supporting information giving a little background on what happened and where with detailed descriptions, maps . Front to back, the book contains over 400 color photographs of memorials, museums, and locations defined in the Battlefield guide.


To be honest, if you are travelling to France, specifically the Normandy landing areas, this is a must have companion. Not only does the book layout over 400 points of interest around Normandy but lodging, restaurants and various local cultural attractions. As the title defines this is the most “Definitive Battlefield Guide” there is. Tonie and Valmai Holt have done a fantastic job on this tourist guide book. Whether you are visiting the Normandy Landings or even if you are interested in the subject, places and memorials, I highly recommend Major & Mrs. Holt’s Definitive Battle Field Guide ~ D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches


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