The Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain

The Many Not The Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain

by Richard North


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Immortalized in Churchill's often quoted assertion that never before "was so much owed by so many to so few," the top-down narrative of the Battle of Britain has been firmly established in British legend: Britain was saved from German invasion by the gallant band of Fighter Command Pilots in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, and the public owed them their freedom.

Richard North's radical re-evaluation of the Battle of Britain dismantles this mythical retelling of events. Taking a wider perspective than the much-discussed air war, North takes a fresh look at the conflict as a whole to show that the civilian experience and participation, far from being separate and distinct, was integral to the Battle. This recovery of the people's history demonstrates that Hitler's aim was not the military conquest of England, and that his unattained target was the hearts and minds of the British people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620401002
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard North has won a reputation as one of Britain's most expert defense analysts, through his Defence of the Realm blog. Formerly a research director in the European Parliament, North is also a political analyst through his EU Referendum blog, which examines Britain's place in the world with particular reference to its membership in the European Union. He has co-authored four bestselling books with the Sunday Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker, including Scared To Death: From BSE To Global Warming, How Scares Are Costing Us The Earth (2007) and The Great Deception (2005), a comprehensive history of the European Union. He is the author of Ministry of Defeat (2009).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements \ Foreword by Christopher Booker \ Introduction \ 1. Battle Lines \ 2. Let Battle Begin \ 3. War of the People \ 4. War and Peace \ 5. Closing the Door \ 6. War Drums \ 7. Eagle Attack \ 8. Redefining the War \ 9. Countdown to the Blitz \ 10. Start of the Blitz \ 11. Rebellion \ 12. Consequences \ 13. Widening the War \ 14. The Battle Won? \ 15. To the Victor the Spoils \ Epilogue \ Bibliography \ Index.

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