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Stopping Hitler (Hardback)

An Official Account of How Britain Planned to Defend Itself in the Second World War

WWII Maritime Frontline Books

By John Grehan
Frontline Books
Pages: 388
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781473895522
Published: 20th March 2017



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After the unprecedented death and devastation of the First World War, few people imagined that such a conflict could ever happen again. Though the belief that it was the 'war to end war' was to be shattered within a generation, in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, it was expected that international disputes could be settled by arbitration through the creation of League of Nations. Consequently, the British Government concluded that there would not be another war for a least ten years and therefore the country's armed forces could be correspondingly scaled back. The rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s, however, prompted politicians and generals to contemplate the frightening prospect of another world war. The Chiefs of Staff of the three Defence Services were instructed to bring Britain's armed forces up to a standard where they could resist a revitalized and powerful aggressor, and to put in place plans for the defence of the country. When that war became a reality, the Chiefs of Staff then had to devise schemes to prevent a German invasion and, as the war progressed, to counter the bombers of the Luftwaffe and the flying bombs and rockets that followed. This Official History of these plans was prepared for the War Office after the war and provides a general account of the plans made for Home Defence during the war period 1939-1945.

An official report might be deemed boring, but Stopping Hitler is by no means dull reading -far from it. I recommend it without reserve.

Gil Dowdall-Brown, Fortress Study Group, 2018

Gives us a detailed insiders view of how the British military prepared to cope with the most serious threat of invasion since Napoleonic times.

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History of War

A detailed study of the preparations and actual measure taken to prevent invasion during the Second World War.

Britain at War, October 2017 - reviewed by Robert Mitchell

Captain Wynne of the Historical Section of the Cabinet Office produced this unique account of British threat responses to potential German conflict. The response was in four sections to different threats and used some documents that were later destroyed or filed under security restrictions – Strongly Recommended.

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About John Grehan

John Grehan has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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