Tim Holden was born in Madras (today Chennai), India in 1950 as the son of Piotr Zaniewski, Polish pilot during World War Two, and Betty Irene Holden. He lived in India, Australia, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho, and now he is residing in Devon, United Kingdom.

Tim holds an M.A. in Literature from Duke University, North Carolina, 1973. During his career, he was a professional diver, entrepreneur and Managing Director of Arktis Ltd (UK) 1995-2017 (specialities: foul weather clothing design and camouflage design).

Now he is sole Director of TH Publishing. He wrote and published the graphic historical novel AIRDOGS in 2018, a book about Poland. One of his objectives is generating interest in history amongst young people.Tim’s current work: The sequel to AIRDOGS, called SPYDOGS, several documentary projects, and the story of General Anders. 

The subject of his talk during the “Poland First to Fight” conference will encompass the strange excitement of the first day of World War Two, and set it in the context of circumstances that led to few of the survivors returning to Poland after 1945, and the subsequent spread of the Polish flame to many countries – of which he was a part.

Corporal Piotr Zaniewski, father of Tim Holden and pilot of the Squadron 307 (courtesy of Tim Holden)