Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

A Jack Tanner Adventure


'Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics' Mail on Sunday
'Sharpe for the Blitz years...a meaty, all action yarn!' Sunday Telegraph
'Holland is a superb historian who knows his stuff, and his descriptions of the action are terrific' Daily Telegraph
'Has the sure touch of someone who knows their subject and enjoys it' Daily Mail

Dunkirk, 1940: One man must stem the Nazi tide...

Sergeant Jack Tanner has been posted to a training company on the south-east 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.

But if they are to have any hope of surviving the mayhem of Dunkirk, Tanner must first deal with an enemy far more deadly than the Germans...

Jack Tanner's adventures continue in Blood of Honour.

The new, sweeping World War II book from James Holland, THE SAVAGE STORM, is available for pre-order now.

Readers love Darkest Hour:

'Very difficult to put down'
'An amazing read'
'An adventure from start to finish but with great historical facts thrown in'


  • Old-fashioned, testosterone-fuelled escapism and Tanner is a chiselled protagonist straight out of the pages of the old Commando comics
    Mail on Sunday

About the author

James Holland

James Holland is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories he has presented - and written - a large number of television programmes and series. He has a weekly Second World War podcast, We Have of Making You Talk, with Al Murray, and is Chair of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He is a research fellow at St Andrew's University.
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