James Holland is a writer and historian, and has conducted a number of battlefield tours for both civilians and the military, in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and in Britain. He is the author of thirteen books on the subject of World War II.
Amongst these are the bestselling Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, and The Battle of Britain, a new history and the first account to tell the events of the summer of 1940 from both sides. It went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list, where it reached No. 3.
He also writes for a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Telegraph (for whom he went to Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2008), Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, BBC History Magazine, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express.
In May 2005, he wrote and presented a film about the end of the war in Europe,Victory in Europe for UKTV History, reviewed as the day’s choice by fourteen newspapers and magazines, and which was watched by over a million viewers. In September 2010, he wrote and presented the Bafta shortlisted film Battle of Britain: The Real Story for BBC2, and also took part in Battle of Britain Night on BBC4. His latest project is The Dams Raid, which will be both a new book and a BBC2 film.
He is the co-founder and chairperson of the Chalke Valley History Festival and a member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides.