James Holland is a British historian, novelist and broadcaster. He specialises in the military encounters of World War II. The younger brother of Tom Holland, a writer on ancient history, James Holland published his first non-fiction work, Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943, in 2003. He has since produced numerous books on different theatres of the conflict, from Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War, 1944-1945 to The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History, which have drawn plaudits for their humanity, as well as contributing military titles to the Ladybird Expert series. In addition to his non-fiction, Holland has also written war-related novels featuring Sgt. Jack Tanner, and two children’s novels set during famous battles of the Second World War. His latest book is Normandy ’44, an account of the D-Day landings.
Noted historian James Holland attacks the myths around the D-Day campaign in this masterly exercise in revisionist history. Whilst the initial offensive may have been a spectacular victory for the allies, what followed was a punitive campaign with appalling loss of life on both sides. With a plethora of testimonies from foot soldiers to senior officers this really is the definitive story.