Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain by Joshua LevineThis was terrific. It wasnt your traditionally written book, but was more snippets, quotes and paragraphs from soldiers, emergency workers, auxiliary personnel, and citizens from Britain as well as Germans. Each topic was covered chronologically and with terrific stories explaining what was going on throughout this horrible period. I knew of the Blitz as well as the Battle for Britain, but the depth in this book was fantastic and it was very educational. You got a true sense of the events taking place and this really captured the emotion. The quotes and writings were just raw, honest, and in many cases, very painful.
I didnt realize this book was part of a series until I looked it up on this site to write the review, so I definitely plan on reading as many of these as I can. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Battlefield Britain: "Battle of Britain" (Part 3)
Winston Churchill during an air raid warning. Credit: Library of Congress. The stage for the battle was set in May , when Nazi Germany launched a massive blitzkrieg against Western Europe. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Despite being fresh off his lightning conquest of France, Hitler was wary of invading Britain. A small contingent of British politicians also favored a compromise, but Winston Churchill brushed off talk of surrender and announced that Britain was determined to fight on. He rallied the public by characterizing the coming battle as a struggle for national survival, and when the Nazis dangled the prospect of a peace treaty in early July , he rejected it outright.
Mediterranean and Middle East. It has been described as the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. The primary objective of the German forces was to compel Britain to agree to a negotiated peace settlement. In July , the air and sea blockade began, with the Luftwaffe mainly targeting coastal-shipping convoys, ports and shipping centres, such as Portsmouth. Eventually, it employed terror bombing on areas of political significance and on civilians. The Germans had rapidly overwhelmed France and the Low Countries , leaving Britain to face the threat of invasion by sea.
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Drawing material from the Imperial War Museum's extensive aural archive, Joshua Levine brings together voices from both sides of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain to give us a unique, complete and compelling picture of this turbulent time. We hear from the soldiers, airmen, fire-fighters, air-raid wardens and civilians, people in the air and on the ground, on both sides of the battle, giving us a thrilling account of Britain under siege. This is the definitive oral history of a period when Britain came closer to being overwhelmed by the enemy than at any other time in modern history. From July to September the British people watched the Battle of Britain play out in the skies above them, aware that the eventual outcome would decide their fate. From September through to the following May, Hitler then attempted to 'blitz' London and other major cities into submission. For a year the citizens of Britain were effectively front-line soldiers in a battle which united the country against a hated enemy.