Peter Caddick-Adams is one of the leading military historians of his generation. This is the second volume of his definitive account of the liberation of Europe in 1944–45.
Sand and Steel is a new study of the Liberation of France, made up of D-Day, the Southern France landings and the activities of the Resistance. It tells the story of almost a whole year, beginning on 10 December 1943, when Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF). It then follows the US build-up in England, the invasions & subsequent combat, dwells on the contribution of the Resistance, and ends with the liberation of Strasbourg on the Franco-German border, on 23 November 1944, at the point where Snow and Steel began.