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  • Published: 11 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448167036
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 880

The War in the West: A New History

Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43

The second instalment in a revealing and forceful new multi-volume history of the Second World War from one of the UK's most exciting and expert young historians

From Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict and the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, to the long grinding struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the crucial Battle of the Atlantic, the middle passage of the Second World War was all about turning back the Nazi tide.

These catalytic moments would come to define the course of the war and its outcome. They encompass the most vicious fighting, the most hair-raising strategy and the most breathtaking bravery. Across the battlefronts on land, sea and air, to the streets, fields and factories of Britain, America, Africa and Europe, Holland shows, in his own dramatic and compelling style, how the fortunes of war were changed and what happened when the Allies were finally able to fight back . . .

'Impeccably researched and superbly written... Holland's fascinating sage offers a mixture of captivating new research and well-considered revisionism' Observer
'Exceptional... Holland's success is built in part on an engaging writing stule and in part on a genuinely fresh approach to events' Wall Street Journal
'The best of the new generation of WW2 historians' Sebastian Faulks

  • Pub date: 11 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448167036
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 880

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 War in the West: A New History

“James Holland has established himself as one of the premier World War II Historians”

History of War

“Holland shoots down the myth of German invincibility . . . All the great turning points of 1941-43 are here. A triumph”

Sunday Express

“Makes us eager for the third and final part of what now ranks as a towering work of historical research and writing”

Nigel Jones, BBC History Magazine

“Holland brings a fresh eye to the ebb and flow of the conflict . . . [A] majestic saga”

Literary Review

“This second volume easily reaches the benchmark set by it’s predecessor . . . the style is crisp, engaging, absorbing, it really does have the feel of a fresh and revisionist perspective on the momentous events that occurred between 1941 and 1943”


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