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James Holland on the War in the West: A Reassessment

24 April 2018, 11:30
RUSI Whitehall
RUSI Members Only
A lecture by James Holland, historian, writer and broadcaster.

The Second World War remains enduringly compelling and the subject of new generations of computer games, movies, documentary films and, of course, books. Yet so much of the narrative as depicted remains mired in myth and assumed knowledge. In this lecture, James will challenge how we look at the war, offering fresh perspectives and arguing that the thrust of the narrative as depicted and written about over the past fifty years needs to be questioned.

James Holland is 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. James 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 channels. James is co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and, 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.

James Holland will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book entitled The War in the West: A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43 (Transworld Publishers: 2 November 2017), which will be on sale.

This event is open to all RUSI members. To become a member, please click here.

Refreshments will be served from 1100.

To attend this event, please register online using the "Register Now" button above. If you have any queries please contact, Irina Dihanova, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 2600.

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