In Support Of The Few: From an Erk to Chief Technician, the Diary of Joe Roddis

In Support Of The FewIt was so often the case that the pilots of Fighter Command were the ones who received all the glory during the Second World War and that the role of the support teams was somewhat overlooked. This has possibly been the fault of the media, always looking for dramatic tales to relate, for it was never the case amongst the pilots themselves who were only too well aware how much they depended upon the ground crews for their very survival.


Churchill's Secret Defence Army: Resisting the Nazi Invader - Arthur Ward

Churchill's Secret Defence ArmyOf the many ‘what ifs’ in history, the German invasion of Britain in 1940 is one that has been replayed many times. The reality was that the Germans were entirely unprepared for a cross-Channel invasion and lacked the means to transport a large force across the Channel and would have, had they tried, been blown out of the water by the Royal Navy. Nevertheless, impracticable though it was, the prospect of the enemy landing on Britain’s shores was regarded as a distinct possibility in the ‘invasion summer’ and every measure that could be taken was considered. The Auxiliary Units of the Home Guard were one of the most intriguing of those measures.


The Spy Who Loved - Clare Mulley

9781447201182Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek was born into a wealthy Polish Jewish family in Warsaw. The economic collapse of the 1920s and 1930s saw the family fortunes decline and Krystyna, not wishing to be a financial burden, took a job with a local Fiat dealership. There she met her first husband but before she was 21 years old, Krystyna was on her second marriage and, with her new husband, sailed to Britain in 1939.


I Survived The Somme: The Secret Diary Of A Tommy - Charles Meeres

I Survived The SommeIt is wonderful that documents from the First World War are still being uncovered. Often though, the letters and journals that are presented for publication in recent times give us just a brief insight into the lives and experiences of the authors. They may only produce a book after the addition of a considerable amount of background material. Not so this book. Apart from a brief introduction, I Survived the Somme is entirely the authentic words of an Artillery officer recorded eloquently in his diary.


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Historical Quotes

What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, 'This was their finest hour.'
Winston Churchill