Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides

Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides

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By (author) Joshua Levine

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 38mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091910048
  • ISBN 13: 9780091910044
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 182,316

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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. 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. 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. With first-hand testimonies from those involved in Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, Black Saturday on 7th September 1940 when the Luftwaffe began the Blitz, to its climax on the 10th May 1941, 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.

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Joshua Levine practised as a barrister for several years before becoming an actor and writer. His plays have been performed on the London stage and on BBC Radio 4, and he has scripted a television documentary about eighteenth-century London for BBC2. He was the primary researcher for Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War. This is his first book.

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"Terrifically moving stuff" -- Dominic Sandbrook Daily Telegraph "Anyone who wishes to learn about human courage, and human endurance, should read this account. It is more powerful than any drama, more convincing than any fiction" -- Peter Ackroyd "the stories range from the humdrum to the heroic and all of them are full of pathos" BBC Who Do You Think You Are Magazine "vividly and compellingly recalls a time when the nation stood as one" Choice "With the rawness and immediacy that only this kind of oral history can provide." Sunday Times