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    • Big Week

    • The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this monumental air assault very quickly became known simply as Big Week. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb<br />

    • By A ANDREWS on 06-02-19

    Regular price: £23.49

    • The War in the West - A New History

    • Volume 1: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 189

    Are you ready for the truth about World War Two? In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance. The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshingly new view of World War 2.

    • By Ian David Williamson on 06-06-17

    Regular price: £27.99

    • Dam Busters

    • The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: James Holland
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 140

    It was the night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the Third Reich's war machine. 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 raids of all time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting stuff - just superb

    • By CMR on 27-08-12

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The War in the West

    • A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 137

    In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WW2 history at its best

    • By David Benjamin on 04-01-18

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Duel Under the Stars

    • The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
    • By: Wilhelm Johnen, James Holland
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Listen to this captivating memoir by Wilhelm Johnen who flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great book, but didn't like the narrator

    • By rascallybear on 05-02-19

    Regular price: £16.09

    • The Odin Mission

    • Jack Tanner, Book 1
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    April 1940: Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King's Guard - men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission. The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains in the chaos of retreat.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not very good

    • By Marc on 22-03-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Hellfire

    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    August, 1942. North Africa. The desert war hangs in the balance. When the commander of the Eighth Army, General Gott, is killed, it's clear that foul play is at work. An impenetrable Axis spy circuit is 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a fantastic good old fashioned adventrue

    • By J NEILL on 02-02-15

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Blood of Honour

    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Crete, May 1941. In the face of a German invasion, Sergeant Jack Tanner is embroiled in a deadly game of survival that will test his resolve more than ever before. Not only has he fallen out with his commander but he has mortally offended Alopex, a powerful local chieftain. As if that wasn't enough, Tanner and the rest of his battalion are caught in vicious close-quarter fighting against crack German paratroopers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A book that fails to deliver

    • By Quincy on 31-03-16

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Darkest Hour

    • Jack Tanner, Book 2
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    May 1940: Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the southeast coast of England where the mysterious deaths of two Polish refugees lead him to believe there has been foul play. As the Germans launch their blitzkrieg in Europe, the entire company are sent to join the battle to stop Hitler's drive across the Low Countries. Pitted against the die-hard Nazis of the SS "Death's Head" division and the great panzer commander, General Rommel himself, it is left to Tanner to get his men back to Allied lines.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Jack Tanner meets Obadiah Hakeswill

    • By Quincy on 29-09-15

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Devil's Pact

    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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. Not only has his new Battalion Commander decided to make his life as difficult as possible, they soon find themselves battling against some of the toughest, most determined troops in the Wehrmacht.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By daniel c. on 22-01-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Together We Stand: North Africa 1942-1943

    • Turning the Tide in the West
    • By: James Holland, John Nicholl - abridger
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    By June 1942, Britain had reached her lowest ebb. Her military command was in tatters, her armies beaten, and in the Middle East it seemed all might be lost. Her new ally, America, had only fledgling armed forces and was severely under-trained, yet it was this alliance of the weary combatant and naïve newcomer, coming together for the first time in North Africa, that would eventually bring about the defeat of Nazi Germany.

    Regular price: £8.49