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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409082422
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

Darkest Hour

A Jack Tanner Adventure

The second novel in the highly commercial series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

May 1940. Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south-east coast of England. But all is not well in the camp. When Tanner and his corporal, Stan Sykes, are nearly killed, Tanner finds his suspicions directed at an old comrade from his early days in the army.

As the Germans launch their Blitzkrieg in Europe, training is abandoned and the entire company are sent to join the battle to stop Hitler’s drive across the Low Countries. Almost immediately, they are thrust into the thick of the action and cut off from the rest of the battalion. Trapped behind the enemy advance, Tanner must use all his ingenuity to get his men back to Allied lines.

Soon enmeshed in the long withdrawal to the French coast, Tanner, Sykes and his new platoon commander find themselves pitted against not only the die-hard Nazis of the SS ‘Death’s Head’ Division but also the great panzer commander himself, General Rommel.

Even then, in the chaos of retreat, Tanner must deal with the corrosive treachery bubbling within the company’s ranks – and an enemy more deadly than the Germans – if he and his men are to have any hope of surviving the mayhem of Dunkirk...

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409082422
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the Author

James Holland

James Holland is a historian, writer and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain and Dam Busters, and, most recently, Burma ’44, he has 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 in the West. He has presented – and written – a large number of television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, History and Discovery. 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 Chalke Valley History Hit podcast. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @James1940.

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Praise for Darkest Hour

“Sharpe for the Blitz years...a meaty, all action yarn!”

Sunday Telegraph

“Holland is a superb historian who knows his stuff, and his descriptions of the action are terrific”

Daily Telegraph

“Has the sure touch of someone who knows their subject and enjoys it”

Daily Mail

“This is a well-researched page-turner that keeps you hungry for more. An exciting tale full of historical details and action”

Soldier magazine

“Old-fashioned, testosterone-fuelled escapism and Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics”

Mail on Sunday

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