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Holland, James 1970-

Works: 81 works in 343 publications in 4 languages and 8,974 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Military history  War stories  War fiction  Suspense fiction  Historical fiction  Personal narratives  Biography  Young adult works 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: D756.5.B7, 823.92
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Most widely held works by James Holland
The Battle of Britain : five months that changed history, May-October 1940 by James Holland( Book )
21 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 1,278 libraries worldwide
"If Hitler fails to invade or destroy Britain, he has lost the war, Churchill said in the summer of 1940. He was right. The Battle of Britain was a crucial turning point in the history of the Second World War."--Jacket
Italy's sorrow : a year of war, 1944-1945 by James Holland( Book )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 701 libraries worldwide
Although known as a land of beauty and for the richness of its culture, Italy's suffering in 1944-1945 is now largely forgotten. This is the first account of the conflict there to tell the story from all sides and to include the experiences of soldiers and civilians alike. Offering extensive original research, it weaves together the drama and tragedy of that terrible year, including new perspectives and materialon some of the most debated episodes to have emerged from the Second World War
Dam busters : the true story of the inventors and airmen who led the devastating raid to smash the German dams in 1943 by James Holland( Book )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 670 libraries worldwide
An account of the daring May 1943 mission to destroy three heavily defended German dams documents the ten-week race to create the necessary weapons and orchestrate a bombing raid that nearly cost the lives of its pilots
The rise of Germany, 1939-1941 by James Holland( Book )
7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 552 libraries worldwide
"In The Rise of Germany, the first of a major new three-part history of World War II in the West, he weaves together the experiences of dozens of individuals, from civilians and infantrymen, to line officers, military strategists, diplomats, and heads of state, as well as war strategy, tactics, and the economic, political, and social aspects of the war to create a captivating book that redefines and enhances our understanding of one of the most significant conflicts in history, "
The Odin mission by James Holland( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 357 libraries worldwide
It is April 1940 and the Nazi Blitzkrieg delivers a hammer blow to defenceless Norway. The few remaining British troops are retreating in the face of such a remorseless German advance. For Sergeant Jack Tanner and his stranded patrol, it has turned into a desperate rearguard action. With the odds stacked against them and the temperature dropping fast, they will find themselves not only fighting for their lives, but also to protect a mysterious Norwegian professor in whose hands lies the outcome of the war. In order to survive, Tanner must outfox and outfight the Nazis who are desperate for the secrets the Norwegian holds. They will stop at nothing to secure them
Together we stand : America, Britain and the forging of an alliance by James Holland( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 334 libraries worldwide
Drawing on a wide range of archival material from around the world and offering new perspectives and analysis to a critical period of World War II, Together We Stand portrays the men and women who found themselves caught up in this struggle, people drawn from all parts of the globe, from all ranks and services, to make up these polyglot Allied forces. Beginning with the genuine partnership between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, through the unity of purpose that bound General Eisenhower and the British commanders, to the camaraderie between the airman from Texas and the corporal from Manchester, the ties were real and palpable - and the results literally changed the course of the war
Darkest hour by James Holland( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 328 libraries worldwide
May, 1940. Following his return from Norway and a short time on coast guard duty in Kent, Sergeant Jack Tanner finds himself in Belgium with the 1st Battalion of the Kings Own Yorkshire Rangers, under Captain Nick Barclay. Their task is to hold the bottom part of the British line along the River Escaut against a powerful German army.--Publisher
Blood of honour by James Holland( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Swedish and held by 328 libraries worldwide
Crete, May 1941. There is trouble for Jack Tanner. In addition to the arrival of a new subaltern who seems determined to make life difficult, Tanner has offended a powerful local Cretan who has sworn to kill him. Then suddenly the Germans invade and British fortunes take another dive for the worse. Amidst the bitter fighting and subsequent evacuation of the island, Tanner finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of survival that will test his resolve more than ever before
Hellfire by James Holland( Book )
11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 299 libraries worldwide
August, 1942. North Africa. The desert war hangs in the balance. Although their retreat has finally been halted, morale in the British Army is at rock bottom. When the commander of the Eighth Army, General Gott, is killed, it seems that foul play is at work. An impenetrable Axis spy circuit could be compromising any hope the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide. Jack Tanner, recovering from wounds in a Cairo hospital, is astonished to receive a battlefield commission which will propel him into a very different world when he returns to action. Fit once more, he finds himself facing the full onslaught of Rommel's latest offensive. In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to work behind the Axis lines in a desperate attempt to take the fight to the Nazis. But the murky world of subterfuge, deceit and murder they find themselves in is a million miles away from the certainties of the battlefield and somehow they must discover who they can trust in the cat-and-mouse world of counter-espionage. Hellfire sees Tanner fighting his way through his most dangerous adventure yet - one that takes him from the dark backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and finally to one of the decisive clashes of the entire war - the Battle of Alamein
The Allies strike back, 1941-1943 by James Holland( Book )
2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 295 libraries worldwide
"James Holland's The Rise of Germany, the first volume in his War in the West trilogy, was widely praised for Holland's impeccable research and narrative skills. With a wealth of characters from across the western theatre of WWII, Holland told a captivating story and used new research to challenge our assumptions and reframe our understanding of this momentous conflict. As The Rise of Germany ended, the Nazi war machine looked to be unstoppable. Germany had taken Poland and France with shocking speed. London was blitzed by the Luftwaffe, and U-boats harried Allied shipping. But Germany hadn't actually won the Battle of Britain or the Battle of the Atlantic, and was not producing airplanes or submarines fast enough. And what looked like victory in Greece and Crete had expended crucial resources in short supply. In The Allies Strike Back, while Germany's invasion of Russia unfolds in the east, in the west, the Americans formally enter the war. In North Africa, after setbacks at the hands of Rommel, the Allies storm to victory. Meanwhile, the bombing of Germany escalates, aiming to destroy Nazi industry and crush civilian morale. The Allies Strike Back is a captivating book by a supremely skilled historian"--
A pair of silver wings by James Holland( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 241 libraries worldwide
At the school where Edward Enderby taught for over forty years, there were few who knew he'd been a successful fighter pilot during the war. It was not something he ever talked about - not even to his family. And for over half a century he had, for the most part, managed to put the memories of those years out of his mind. In 1995, Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the end of the war, and Edward finds himself forced to confront the tragedy he suffered during those years. As he travels from England to Malta and then to Italy he comes face-to-face with the idealistic young man he once was, and the devasted and traumatised 23-year-old he was to become
Devil's pact by James Holland( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 231 libraries worldwide
July, 1943. With North Africa secured, the Allies launch an invasion of Sicily, and the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Rangers are in the van of the assault on the Italian beaches. But promotion to Company Commander has brought him fresh trouble for Jack Tanner
The burning blue by James Holland( Book )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Nothing can prepare a squadron of fighter pilots, trained in the English countryside, for the rigours of the desert. This is a dramatic and romantic epic centred on a small group of RAF fighter pilots during the Second World War
Burning blue : a sweeping novel of love, loss and war by James Holland( Sound Recording )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 190 libraries worldwide
Joss Lambert has always been a loner, constrained by a secret from his past, until he finds friendship and solace firstly with Guy Liddell, a friend from school, and then with Guy's family, who welcome him into their farmhouse home. Joss increasingly comes to depend upon the Liddells and treats Alvesdon Farm as the one place where he feels not only appreciated but also truly happy. The idyll cannot last. With war looming, Joss is forced to confront the past. He escapes through flying, becoming a fighter pilot in the RAF. But with the onset of war, even the Liddells's world is crumbling. As Joss is fighting for his life in the Battle of Britain, so he begins to fall madly in love with Stella - Guy's twin. 2004
Twenty-one : coming of age in the Second World War by James Holland( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
"During the Second World War, many of those who answered their country's call to arms found their lives changed beyond recognition. The majority were young men - and women - on the cusp of adulthood, who found themselves in corners of the globe that they had never heard of, much less ever dreamt of travelling to, fighting in battles more brutal and terrifying than they could ever have imagined. Many did not return, and those who did found that much had changed after long years of war - themselves included. The return to civilian life was often far from easy." "Now, more than sixty years on, this remarkable generation is fading. Most are now over eighty, and around the world more than two thousand veterans of the war are passing away every day." "Author James Holland recounts the real-life stories of twenty-one men and women from around the world who came of age in the most devastating war the world has ever known." "From the jungles of Burma to the D-Day beaches, from submarines and sailors to fighter pilots, infantrymen, tank drivers, spies, Special Forces and prisoners of war, these twenty-one stories from the cusp of adulthood are an account of a remarkable generation."--Jacket
Dunkirk by James Holland( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 150 libraries worldwide
Private Johnny Hawke, aged sixteen, lies about his age so that he can join the army. In 1940 he faces artillery fire at Dunkirk Johnny's platoon must help hold the town of Cassel for as long as possible to allow the British Expeditionary Force to reach Dunkirk where boats are waiting to take them to safety in Britain. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
Dam busters : the race to smash the dams, 1943 by James Holland( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 145 libraries worldwide
"The night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9,000lb cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the industries supplying the Third Reich's war machine. From the outset, it was an almost impossible task, a suicide mission: to fly low and at night in formationover many miles of enemy occupied territory at the very limit of the Lancasters' capacity, and drop a new weapon which had never been tried operationally before at a precise height of just sixty feet from the water at some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. More than that, the entire operation had to be put together in less than ten weeks. When visionary aviation engineer Barnes Wallis' concept of the bouncing bomb was green lighted, he hadn't even drawn up his plans for the weapon that was the smash the dams. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing bombing raids of all time"--Back cover
Together we stand : Turning tide in the West: North Africa, 1942-1943 by James Holland( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
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Джеймс Холлэнд
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