The author has written a remarkable autobiographical novel that was originally published first in 1966. Writing seventeen years after the events on which this book is based, Holbrook found it an intense experience. With this type of book it is impossible to know how much is fiction and how much is fact but the battle descriptions have a life and depth that comes only from personal experience. It is impossible to know exactly why an author chooses to fictionalise a life experience. The author ranges from 1942 to 1945, but the core of the story is the intense experiences of the Normandy landings and the fight to establish a toe hold in mainland Europe.