Hellfire by James Holland

By James Holland

Jack Tanner's conflict takes him to the treacherous sands of the North African desert.

August, 1942. North Africa. The barren region battle hangs within the stability. even if their retreat has ultimately been halted, morale within the British military is at all-time low. whilst the commander of the 8th military, normal Gott, is killed, it appears foul play is at paintings. An impenetrable Axis undercover agent circuit will be compromising any wish the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.

Jack Tanner, getting better from wounds in a Cairo health facility, is astonished to obtain a battlefield fee with the intention to propel him right into a very varied international while he returns to motion. healthy once again, he unearths himself dealing with the entire onslaught of Rommel's most modern offensive.

In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to paintings in the back of the Axis traces in a determined try and take the struggle to the Nazis. yet the murky global of subterfuge, deceit and homicide they locate themselves 1000000 miles clear of the certainties of the battlefield and by some means they have to notice who they could belief within the cat-and-mouse global of counter-espionage.

Hellfire sees Tanner battling his manner via his most deadly experience but -- one who takes him from the darkish backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and at last to at least one of the decisive clashes of the total warfare -- the conflict of Alamein.

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If we wish to understand the role of China in today's global society, we would do well to remind ourselves of the tragic, titanic struggle which that country waged in the 1930S and 1940S not just for its own national dignity and survival, but for the victory of all the Allies, west and east, against some of the darkest forces that history has ever produced. 14 PART ONE The Path to War I As Close as Lips and Teeth: China's Fall, Japan's Rise The clash between China and Japan did not begin in 1937.

Although he swiftly released the senior Chinese Communists (including Zhou Enlai) and Soviet advisers who had been held under arrest, it was clear that the Nationalist troops supported Chiang and that power had shifted to him. Wang Jingwei, enraged, tried to use the party's military to reverse Chiang's position, only to find that his ideological pre-eminence counted for nothing against Chiang's force of arms. On 5 June 1926 Chiang was officially placed in charge of the National Revolutionary Army (NRA), the military force that served the Nationalist Party.

After his fourth failure, he fell into a trance, in which he recalled various Christian tracts distributed by an American missionary many years previously. Hong's visions led him to believe that he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ, sent to earth to drive the Manchus from China and establish the Taiping Tianguo - the 'heavenly kingdom of great peace'. Hong founded a movement that became known as the Taiping, and despite its unpromising beginnings, it snowballed into the greatest civil war that China, and perhaps the world, has ever seen.

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