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Stopping Hitler (Paperback)

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

Maritime Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: WWII WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Capt Graeme Chamley Wynne
Frontline Books
Pages: 400
Illustrations: 16 illustrations
ISBN: 9781399020817
Published: 27th July 2022



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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.

As featured in

The Armourer

"I recommend it without reserve".

Loopholes, Journal for the Pillbox Study Group - Number 84

"If you are researching this period the book is essential."

Reviewed by

Robert Bartlett

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 Capt Graeme Chamley Wynne

Captain Graeme Chamley Wynne was born in 1889. He was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1907. Climbing through the ranks, he was serving in the 2nd Battalion at the outbreak of war in 1914. As part of the British Expeditionary Force he was captured by the Germans at Le Cateau on 26 August 1914. Wynne was employed by the Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence (later the Historical Section, Cabinet Office) between 1918 and 1956. It was in this role that he completed the report published in this book on 19 May 1948.

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