Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies undertook the campaign to liberate France. Ahead of them lay Hitler's Atlantic Wall, a formidable barrier of steel obstacles, mines, well-emplaced machine guns and fortified coastal artillery. The Allies thought that if they could crack the Atlantic Wall, they would have accomplished the hardest part of the task before them. By sunset on June 6, they had indeed cracked the Atlantic Wall. It was only at that point, however, that the really hard part - the bloody battle for Normandy began. The British expected to take Caen on D-Day itself; weeks later, they were still stymied. The Americans found themselves embroiled in a maze of hedgerows, skillfully exploited by the Germans. The Wehrmacht, under constant air attack, nevertheless fought with courage, and tenacity. Eminent military historian James Holland has now brought the story of this pivotal seventy-six day campaign to life in his new work, Normandy '44 (Bantam, 2019). Holland provides an overview of battles and generals, but also follows the fates of ordinary people on both sides thrown into the battle. Join us to read, discuss and honor the memory of those who liberated Europe.