Britain 1940 The Decisive Year on the Home Front


Using newspapers as the mainstay of his research, Rippon nicely weaves together anecdotes and stories of actual individuals that help illustrate the overall experience of these months. By January 1940 Britain had been at war for three months; although apart from the mass evacuation of thousands of children, and the preparedness for war, you’d have hardly known it. By the end of 1940 it was a different story altogether and events had taken place that would go down in history: the evacuation of the British Army from the beaches of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain in the skies over Kent, the beginning of the Blitz in September 1940.

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