The Battle of Britain by James Holland
Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

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A groundbreaking new account of the Battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland



The Battle of Britain
paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. If Britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe. With France facing defeat and British forces pressed back to the Channel, there were few who believed Britain could survive; but, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, Britain refused to give in. From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic story in a fresh and compelling voice.

 

About James Holland

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James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University.  A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines.  He is the author of three previous historical works – Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943; Together We Stand: North Africa 1942-1943 – Turning the Tide in the West; and Heroes: The Greatest Generation and the Second World War.  His many interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum.  James Holland is married with two children and lives in Wiltshire.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 736 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Jam-packed account of the moment in 1940 when Britain stood alone against the Nazi menace.

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This work enhances Holland's (Italy's Sorrow) developing reputation as a writer of popular military history with a solid scholarly dimension.

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The Telegraph

Saul David’s most recent book is Zulu Hart (Hodder, £6.99) Buy 'The Battle of Britain: Five Months that Changed History, May-October 1940' by James Holland Buy 'Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain' by Leo McKinstry Buy 'Last of the Few: The Battle of Britain in the ...

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The Army Rumour Service

Earlier this month I attended the launch and book signing for this book at which the book was introduced by AM Jock Stirrup and BoB veteran Geoffrey Wellum.

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When I received this book I was looking forward to it more than most books due to the subject matter;

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BBC History Magazine

Those readers in any doubt about what the myth of the Battle of Britain might be need go no further than James Holland’s new account.

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Gr 7 Up—Two World War II adventures by acclaimed historian Holland. In Battle of Britain, Archie is flying airplanes for the British, protecting his home country against the dangerous Luftwaffe. As bombs drop and the Battle of Britain rages on, the young man must remain stalwart and hope that the...

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