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

The Battle of Britain

The definitive account of the Battle of Britain from this highly acclaimed historian.

Drawing on extensive new research from around the world, this is the first narrative history of the Battle of Britain to provide a complete picture of that fateful summer of 1940.

Telling the story of the titanic clash between Britain and Germany from both sides, this groundbreaking work also examines, for the first time, the conflict on land, sea and at home, as well as in the air. It is the definitive version of a period of extraordinary drama, and a time in which the fate of the world truly hung by a thread.

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

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 The Battle of Britain

“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.”

The Good Book Guide

“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

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