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It was the year of the glorious Battle of Britain, of the heroic evacuation of Dunkirk. It was the time when the mighty British empire declared its intention to fight the Nazis alone if necessary to the bitter end. It was, as Churchill dubbed it, Britain's Finest Hour. In 1940: Myth and Reality, Clive Ponting reveals that it was nothing of the sort. Britain was broke in 1940 and utterly dependent on the United States for economic aid. The government fabricated German casualty figures after the Battle of Britain, suppressed knowledge of the complete fiasco that led to Dunkirk, and actually tried secretly to sue for peace that year. The British people were at best grimly resigned to the war; at worst they suffered appalling privations. Without denigrating the heroism of individuals, Mr. Ponting offers a startling account of the ineptitude and propaganda that marked much of 1940: Britain's stormy relations with France, its bizarre attempts to force a united Ireland, and the unpopularity of Winston Churchill. While he made rousing speeches in the House of Commons, Churchill rarely broadcast to the nation: his stirring we shall fight on the beaches speech was in fact broadcast by the actor who played Larry the Lamb on Children's Hour.

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Reprint of the work originally published in 1991 by Ivan R. Dee.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Britain's "Finest Hour" revealed as a muddle of ineptitude and propaganda.

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Britain's Finest Hour revealed as a muddle of ineptitude and propaganda. Thoroughly researched and well written, Clive Ponting's book stands just about every preconceived notion concerning Britain's role in World War II on its head. --William L. O'Neill

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566630368
Author:
Ponting, Clive
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Description:
1st Elephant pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
no. 300
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
8.58x5.58x.75 in. .74 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Britain's "Finest Hour" revealed as a muddle of ineptitude and propaganda.
"Synopsis" by , Britain's Finest Hour revealed as a muddle of ineptitude and propaganda. Thoroughly researched and well written, Clive Ponting's book stands just about every preconceived notion concerning Britain's role in World War II on its head. --William L. O'Neill
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