Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain by Joshua Levine

Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain

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Drawing material from the Imperial War Museum's extensive oral archive, Joshua Levine brings together voices from both sides of the Blitz and Battle of Britain to give us a unique, complete and compelling picture of this turbulent time.

In June 1940, British Citizens prepared for an imminent German onslaught. Hitler's troops had overrun Holland, Belgium and France in quick succession, and the British people anticipated an invasion would soon be upon them. From July to October, they watched the Battle of Britain play out in the skies above them, aware that the result would decide their fate. Over the next nine months, the Blitz killed more than 43,000 civilians. For a year, the citizens of Britain were effectively front-line soldiers in a battle which united the country against a hated enemy.

Soldiers, airmen, fire-fighters, air-raid wardens and civilians on both sides of the battle give us a thrilling account of Britain under siege. With first-hand testimonies from those involved in Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, Black Saturday, 7th September 1940 when the Luftwaffe began the Blitz, and to its climax on the 10th May 1941, this is the definitive oral history of a period when Britain came closer to defeat than at any other time in modern history.