Driven from Europe after the fall of France in June 1940, the Allies crossed the Channel four years later in the largest coalition operation in military history. ‘Overlord’ was the culmination of determination and spirit, and the longstanding catalyst for the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe. THE SECOND FRONT presents an arresting account of the conception of D-Day, exploring the principle verities that dictated the planning and execution of the Allied operation and places it soundly within the broader milieu of the war. A creative examination of this kind, belying myth of the Allied invasion, has seldom been made in these terms. Absorbing and dynamic, it compels the reader to consider lurid aspects, other than the traditional, almost strictly strategic levels regarding this facet of the Second World War.