LATEST BOOK

ANGELS AGAINST THE SUN

A WWII Saga of Grunts, Grit, and Brotherhood

Angels Against the Sun is paratrooper-turned-historian James M. Fenelon’s chronicle of the 11th Airborne Division—nicknamed ‘The Angels’— whose Pacific campaigns were defined by two merciless foes: the Imperial Japanese Army and the combined forces of monsoons, swamps, insects, mud, privation and disease. Fenelon’s book gives readers a boots-on-the ground, narrative-driven account of American airborne troops on the road to Tokyo.

FOUR HOURS OF FURY

The Untold Story of World War II’s Largest Airborne Invasion and The Final Push into Nazi Germany

One of the most authentic, viscerally exciting accounts ever of an airborne invasion, Four Hours of Fury is Fenelon’s gripping narration of Operation VARSITY—WWII’s largest single-day airdrop which, over the space of four hours, dropped more than 17,000 Allied airborne troops across the Rhine River into the heart of Nazi Germany.

MAGAZINE ARTICLES

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Below are several of Fenelon’s World War II articles.

'Jumpin' Jim' Sets Example for His Troops

ARMY :: DECEMBER 2022

James’ review of Gavin at War: The World War II Diary of Lieutenant General James M. Gavin published by Casemate.

True Colors: Athens, Greece

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: JUNE 2022

An exploration of Athens’ World War II history, where the Acropolis, for millennia the focal point of the city skyline, was the site of a fabled first act of resistance.

Meet Huie Lamb, WWII Fighter Pilot

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: MARCH 2021

James had the privilege of interviewing Huie Lamb, who flew with the 78th Fighter Squadron and was one of the first American pilots to shoot down a German Me-262 jet fighter.

A Bet Lost, the Battle Won

MILITARY HISTORY MAGAZINE :: MAY 2020

Led by Colonel Edson Raff, the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment parachuted into Germany just weeks before war’s end in Europe.

Interview: Four Hours of Fury

MILITARY HISTORY MAGAZINE :: JANUARY 2020

James was interviewed by Military History’s Senior Editor; they discussed various aspects of Operation Varsity and James’ book, Four Hours of Fury.

Now Is When You Pray

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: AUGUST 2019

Troopers of the 17th Airborne Division’s 194th Glider Infantry Regiment drop into Nazi Germany via glider to seize key bridges during Operation Varsity.

Against All Odds

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: APRIL 2019

The troopers of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion faced the fight of their lives on the battlefields of Belgium.

The Darkest Valley

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: OCTOBER 2017

Scattered behind enemy lines in Italy, American paratroopers of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion resorted to wreaking havoc.

Yanks In Cambridge

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: MARCH/APRIL 2017

Retracing the steps of American servicemen and woman in Cambridge, England.

Jump Into the Fire

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE :: MAY/JUNE 2016

German paratroopers leaped into the breach in Belgium, only to be clawed down.

Low-flying Liberators

FLYPAST MAGAZINE :: NO. 405, APRIL 2015

A daring B-24 mission flown at treetop level to resupply the airborne troops of Operation Varsity.