When Britain Saved the West

When Britain Saved the West

Author: Robin Prior

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300184006

Category: History

Page: 360

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From the comfortable distance of seven decades, it is quite easy to view the victory of the Allies over Hitler’s Germany as inevitable. But in 1940 Great Britain’s defeat loomed perilously close, and no other nation stepped up to confront the Nazi threat. In this cogently argued book, Robin Prior delves into the documents of the time—war diaries, combat reports, Home Security’s daily files, and much more—to uncover how Britain endured a year of menacing crises. The book reassesses key events of 1940—crises that were recognized as such at the time and others not fully appreciated. Prior examines Neville Chamberlain’s government, Churchill’s opponents, the collapse of France, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz. He looks critically at the position of the United States before Pearl Harbor, and at Roosevelt’s response to the crisis. Prior concludes that the nation was saved through a combination of political leadership, British Expeditionary Force determination and skill, Royal Air Force and Navy efforts to return soldiers to the homeland, and the determination of the people to fight on “in spite of all terror.” As eloquent as it is controversial, this book exposes the full import of events in 1940, when Britain fought alone and Western civilization hung in the balance.
London Was Ours
Language: en
Pages: 278
Authors: Amy Helen Bell
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-03-30 - Publisher: I.B. Tauris

This text analyses over 200 letters, diaries and memoirs written by those citizens who endured the Blitz, restoring the forgotten voices of ordinary individuals to the collective memory of the Blitz and World War II. Their writings reveal widely varying points of view, often at odds with official wartime narratives.
The First Day of the Blitz
Language: en
Pages: 212
Authors: Peter Stansky, Professor Peter Stansky
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: Yale University Press

On September 7, 1940, the Blitz began. The bombing of London, by over one thousand planes on that night alone, was recognised at the time as being a direct measure to break the country's resistance. This book tells of the impact that this terror from the skies had on British
When Britain Saved the West
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Robin Prior
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-26 - Publisher: Yale University Press

From the comfortable distance of seven decades, it is quite easy to view the victory of the Allies over Hitler’s Germany as inevitable. But in 1940 Great Britain’s defeat loomed perilously close, and no other nation stepped up to confront the Nazi threat. In this cogently argued book, Robin Prior
A Family in Wartime
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Maureen Waller
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-06-11 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

During the Second World War the fabric of family life radically changed. Men left to join the front line, some never to return. Women entered the workforce on a scale not seen before, some to join the services, others to enter the factories. Mothers were separated from their children, or
The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Volume 2, Politics and Ideology
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Richard Bosworth, Joseph Maiolo
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-04-23 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

War is often described as an extension of politics by violent means. With contributions from twenty-eight eminent historians, Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of the Second World War examines the relationship between ideology and politics in the war's origins, dynamics and consequences. Part I examines the ideologies of the