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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407066523
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 928

The Battle of Britain

The ground-breaking and definitive account of the Battle of Britain from one of this country's most acclaimed young historians

The Nazi Blitzkrieg was unlike any invasion the world had ever seen. It hit Europe with a force and aggression that no-one could counter. Within weeks the German armies were at the French coast and looking across at Britain, a country still reeling from the opening salvoes of the war. It seemed impossible that she would be able to resist invasion.

But between the Nazis and glory stood more than just the pilots of Fighter Command. There was Bomber and Coastal Command, the Royal Navy and the incredible Auxiliary Patrol Service. In this darkest hour, Britain's defence was truly a national effort, and one that had been considerably better prepared for than the German attack.

For the first time, The Battle of Britain tells this most epic of stories from a 360° perspective, drawing on extensive new research from around the world that challenges some of the long-held myths about the battle. Holland paints a complete picture of that extraordinary summer - a time in which the fate of the world truly hung by a thread.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407066523
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 928

About the author

James Holland

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, Burma ’44 and, most recently, Big Week, hehas also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels.

He is currently writing an acclaimed three-volume new history of the Second World War, The War in the West. He has presented – and written – many television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, History and Discovery Channels.

He is also co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and co-founder of WarGen.org, an online Second World War resource site, and presents the Chalk Valley History Hit podcast. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he also has a weekly podcast with Al Murray, We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Al Murray and James Holland Talk World War II. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.

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Praise for The Battle of Britain

Holland is excellent on telling detail...This is a notable account of an epic human experience, told with the informality and enthusiasm that distinguish Holland's work...If the story is familiar, Holland tells it with authority and exuberant panache

Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

Holland is one of a new generation of historians who were born long after the war but who bring to the subject a freshness and proper spirit of enquiry. A great achievement

John Sergeant, Sunday Express

Excellent on all the technicalities of the conflict ... full of lively pen portraits and unusual insights


Stuffed with personal accounts that drive the narrative along at a cracking pace

Patrick Bishop, Mail on Sunday

Ambitious and comprehensive ... the pace never flags as the narrative ranges effortlessly from the cockpit of the Spitfire to the gallery of the House of Commons

Saul David, Daily Telegraph

Comprehensive and readable

The Economist

Holland is superb at switching the focus of the action while maintaining the pace and drama of the story


A definitive record...The fact we won is remarkable, and Holland brings the events vividly to life *****

News of the World

A full and fascinating account...Edge-of-the-seat exciting


Holland is a narrative historian par excellence who believes that people should eb at the heart of any story and brings the characters of the age to life...[an] excellent, highly-readable volume

Navy News

Full of lively accounts of aerial contests and well-observed details.

BBC History Magazine

History told with panache and an excellent grasp of the technical details

Sunday Times

Holland's narrative is impressively comprehensive and is a superb introduction to one of the great turning points of the last war. More importantly it is stirring, occasionally even exhilarating, as any history of this period is obliged to be

Literary Review

A fitting, and beautifully illustrated, tribute to the Few, while not forgetting the unsung heroes of Bomber Command

Times Educational Supplement

There have been many books about the Battle of Britain but few as exhaustive - and readable - as this scholarly account

Choice Magazine

Facts and figures say a great deal, but the most compelling accounts come from those who featured in the battle. Like any good author, Holland allows the participants to tell the story in their own words.

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