You hear that? That's the sound of a 2-year project reaching completion.
A lot of the overall plot, the historical parts of it, came from an online publication
from the War Department of the United States Army and Beyond the Beachhead
(Balkoski, Joseph). Balkoski's book was 30% bullshit because of the commentary but the internet documents have some good material encompassing a wide variety of campaigns, most people would probably enjoy reading it. Some books that helped me to get a feel for the environment that the soldiers and officers were in and gain some insight into the time and the place and the situation, were Britannica Online
(Ambrose, Stephen), Knight's Cross
(Fraser, David), OVERLORD
(Hastings, Max), and Caen, Anvil of Victory
(McKee, Alexander). Some information from FeldGrau.com
came in handy when tracing German unit histories.
Information for the segments and chapters dealing with Russia came primarily from When Titans Clashed
(Glantz, David). It's like the worst title ever used but the material is presented very well and professionally and the guy's analysis is really strong. The Fall of Berlin 1945
(Beevor, Antony), Stalingrad
(Beevor, Antony), and Enemy at the Gates
(Craig, William) all provided insights into the war in Russia. (The Jude Law movie "Enemy at the Gates" and Craig's "Enemy at the Gates" are unrelated.)
What probably helped the most out of all this were the veteran accounts, there are some very well-documented interviews in all the books.
I've tried to stick pretty close to A Company's action in Normandy but the characters are fictional, and the personalities that are mentioned but never named are also intended to be fictional.
Yeah, though, this is the end.