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1940 : Myth and Reality - Clive Ponting


Myth and Reality

Paperback Published: 25th September 1993
ISBN: 9781566630368
Number Of Pages: 273

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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.

He brings everything together with enviable clarity and with an unusually sharp eye...He plots convincingly the processes by which decisions were made, or not made.--New Statesman

ISBN: 9781566630368
ISBN-10: 1566630363
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 273
Published: 25th September 1993
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 14.17  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34