THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN : FIVE MONTHS THAT CHANGED HISTORY, MAY - OCTOBER 1940
James Holland F.R.Hist.S. ( June 27th, 1970 ) was born in Salisbury ( Wiltshire, England ). He was educated at Chafyn Grove School ( Salisbury ) and King's School ( Bruton, Somerset, England ). In 1992, he attained a B.A. ( Bachelor of Arts ) in History from Saint Chad's College ( Durham, County Durham, England ).
James Holland has written both novels and non - fiction history books focusing on the Second World War. His first historical account of the Second World War was entitled Fortress Malta - An Island Under Siege, 1940 - 1943 ( 2003 ). It deftly interweaves the personal histories of pilots, soldiers, submariners, sailors, nurses, office clerks and other civilians. His first novel, The Burning Blue ( 2004 ), is about a young fighter pilot who is hiding a family secret. It takes place in the months leading up to and after the start of the Second World War.
James Holland has written and presented a number of documentaries on the Second World War for BBC Two, such as Battle of Britain : The Real Story ( 2010 ), Dam Busters : The Race to Smash the German Dams ( 2011 ) and Normandy '44 : The Battle Beyond D - Day ( 2014 ). Starting in 2015, he filmed multiple episodes of the PBS documentary series Pritzker Military Presents, produced by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago ( Illinois, United States ). James Holland also appeared in several other documentaries on the Second World War for National Geographic, History Channel and the BBC.
A honorary secretary and a playing member of Chalke Valley Cricket Club ( Salisbury ), he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of both the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. James Holland has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum. He is also the co - founder, co - chair and programme director of the annual Chalke Valley History Festival, which is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the United Kingdom.
( sources : Wikipedia, chalkevalley.play-cricket.com )