Britain's War into battle,1937-1941 / Daniel Todman.
Todman, Daniel, (author.)
- ISBN 978-0-19-062180-3
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, cop. 2016
- Engelska xvii, 826 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
- Part one : Prelude. Studies in celebration -- Industry and empire -- Ancient and modern -- Politics and the slump -- Peace and war -- Peace and progress -- State and society -- Division and unity -- Part two : From peace to war. 'More sufferings to come' -- Czechoslovakia to Poland -- Part three : Being at war. Limited war -- Boredom -- Escalation -- The Battle of France -- Part four : Battles of Britain. Finest hour -- 'What will happen now?' -- The Battle of Britain -- The means of Victory -- The beginning of the Blitz -- Taking it -- The Battle of the British Empire -- Britain beyond the Blitz -- Production and reconstruction -- Part five : Total war. The widening war -- Atlantic crossings -- The end of the beginning.
- Great Britain's refusal to yield to Nazi Germany in the Second World War remains one of the greatest survival stories of modern times. Commemorated, evoked, and mythologized as it has been-chiseled and engraved onto countless monuments, the subject of an endless stream of books and films-its triumphant outcome was by no means predetermined. In December 1940, months after war was declared, the director of plans at the War Office in London was asked to draft a paper on how to win the war. He replied that he could only plan "for not losing." Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941 is the first of two volumes in which Daniel Todman offers a brilliantly fresh retelling, an epic history to fit an epic story. "Opening with his discovery of some war medals sitting in a hearing-aid box that likely belonged to his grandfather, Todman realizes that despite it all a new generation seems unaware of what was truly at stake when Churchill invoked Britain's "finest hour." The war was far greater than any single heroic hour. For six years, Britain was at the dark heart of history, finding its way forward hour by hour, day by day, year by year. This volume spans the beginning and the end of the beginning, from the massive changes required to get the country onto a war footing, through the failure of appeasement, the invasion of Poland, the "phony war," the fall of France, the "miracle" of Dunkirk, the Battles of Britain, and the Blitz, ending with America's course-changing entrance into the conflict in late 1941. Todman's colossal project seamlessly merges economic, strategic, social, cultural, and military history in one compelling narrative. Rapid industrialization, social disruption, food rationing, Westminster politics, class snobbery, and the mobilization of a global empire are woven together with the major opening battles. Here, also, are key individuals -- the politicians, industrialists, pub owners, housewives, the pilots of the RAF, and the sailors at Dunkirk -- caught in the maelstrom that threatened to engulf not just a small island nation but the world itself. - Publisher.
- "On June 18th, 1940, invoking their 'finest hour, ' Winston Churchill galvanized his countrymen. Poland and France had fallen. Britain was next. Churchill knew, as now did millions of his countrymen, that their island nation alone faced Nazi Germany, and that soon it would be at the center of the greatest struggle of modern times--a struggle whose outcome was by no means predetermined. Historian Daniel Todman undertakes perhaps the greatest saga of the 20th century, often told in parts but never as completely as here. A modest-looking box of war medals kept in a desk opens to reveal the full history of Great Britain in the Second World War. Britain's War : Into Battle, 1937-1941 is the first of two volumes in which Todman offers a brilliantly fresh retelling of the Greatest Generation's narrative. Beginning in the pre-war years, when shadows across the Channel were deepening but most of Britain hoped to avoid a second continental cataclysm, it spans the dawning realization of what lay ahead and the massive and profound changes required to get a country at peace onto a war footing. It then covers the failure of appeasement, the invasion of Poland, the 'phony war, ' the fall of France, the miracle of Dunkirk and the pivotal Battle of Britain, the Blitz, and ends with America's entrance into the struggle. The stories of rapid industrialization, social disruption, food rationing, Westminster politics, class snobbery, and the mobilization of a global empire are woven together with the major opening battles to show just how desperately high the stakes of the war were. Todman's epic project does what no other has done, linking economic, strategic, social, cultural, and military history in one compelling narrative. Here, also, are key individuals--the politicians, industrialists, pub owners, housewives, the pilots of the RAF, and the sailors at Dunkirk--caught in the maelstrom that threatened to engulf not just the 'scepter'd isle' but the world itself. Colossal in scale and engrossing in detail, Todman's project brings to vivid life the many dramatic and unexpected disruptions that changed the course of the war in ways none at the time could foresee. Britain's War : Into Battle, 1937-1941 offers readers a full account of the entire conflict as it was experienced by all the people of Britain and its Empire"--
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