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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Voices - Essential Reading
This volume in the Forgotten Voices series is just excellent (aren't they all ?). The book starts off with recollections of the Dunkirk evacuation (the contempt the RAF were held in by the army after events in France,is evident !)& the subsequent threat of Nazi invasion,as Hitler planned Operation Sealion.Then we arrive at the Battle of Britain & finally accounts of the...
Published on 5 July 2009 by DavyA

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, cheap package..
As this book was apparently produced in corporation with the IWM I adhere much to the contents of it and find it very good reading indeed.
However, why publish an otherwise great book in such a disappointingly cheap package; paperback format only and a poor one at that.
Second; there are plenty very interesting pictures as well but all printed on the same coarse...
Published on 14 May 2011 by Paul


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Voices - Essential Reading, 5 July 2009
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DavyA (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
This volume in the Forgotten Voices series is just excellent (aren't they all ?). The book starts off with recollections of the Dunkirk evacuation (the contempt the RAF were held in by the army after events in France,is evident !)& the subsequent threat of Nazi invasion,as Hitler planned Operation Sealion.Then we arrive at the Battle of Britain & finally accounts of the Blitz.
There are, as ever with these books, some very moving testimonies (the stories related by those who witnessed death, injury & destruction during the bombings of London & Coventry,are particularly emotional)
The recollections of the pilots from both sides involved in the Battle Of Britain is fascinating,engrossing & enthralling (there but for the grace of God & all that).
As ever, I marvel at the courage, dedication,selflessness & sacrifice that are evident in the pages of these books. This does not paper over the "darker" side of the "Blitz spirit" - there are stories which touch on theft, black marketeering & assaults on women but what does shine through is the fact that in the majority of cases the British people seemed to exhibit quite frankly, unbelievable spirit & bravery in the face of huge, almost unimaginable (for later generations),unfathomable adversity.
All in all, a marvellous slice of British wartime history - a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars battle of britain/ the blitz., 31 May 2011
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
A fascinating read, personal accounts taken from the sound archives of the IWM.
The book uses the accounts of people who went thru the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, from pilots, WAAFs, firemen, police, children, civilians etc.
You can really appreciate what the people of Britain went thru in the defence of the UK when a German invasoin was threatening.
Also in the book how the people of Britain coped with the horror and carnage of the Blitz, the book really brings history alive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic portrait of life during the Blitz and Battle for Britain, 17 May 2010
This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
I loved this book. It is well put together and easy to dip in and out of (and lose several hours to). It made everything very human and really brought home to me the atmosphere at the time and the experiances from many perspectives - from the girls de-coding german conversations, the fireman battling to save people and buildings to Churchill's War Rooms and the people working with him.

It had me laughing out loud and welling up with tears within minutes of having picked it up. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good primary sources, 7 May 2008
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L. P. Lewzey (north-east London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
The people quoted are WW2 British (and some German) primary sources of the first degree. Their accounts are of the lead-up to war, fears of invasion, the Battle of Britain, and the intensive night-bombing that followed until Hitler made his first big mistake in invading the USSR. The Battle of Britain's outcome diverted him towards this (as well as possibly preventing invasion, and at least avoiding an armistice in Germany's favour), and thus set Nazi Germany on the road to ruin.

As time moves on and there are less and less of these folk around this sort of book is needed. The concerns of 1940 show how 21st century Brits have little to moan about, despite the rantings of the Mail and the Express etc, about putative disasters such as the economy, the "war on the motorist", the health service, and asylum seekers. The only comparable threat to Hitler is global warming.

Without, of course, having a war, it would be good if young people today could have a shared experience as did those who went through WW2, perhaps through some kind of national service to instil self-discipline and get them to work and think across socio-economic and geographic divides. It wouldn't have to be in a military context. It might make them realise that respect and validation come through effort and achievements , not from wearing a new pair of expensive trainers, owning a particular car, or getting a tattoo or a piercing; and that individuals can achieve a lot when they work together, as this book shows. Would a national effort, given the fragmentation of society from the late `70s onwards, and the market-driven selfishness of people across the spectrum, be possible today? Maybe - maybe not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great moving facts., 28 May 2014
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It brought back lots of memories, I was 14 in 1944 and started work when the bus bombs were at their hight but
Lots of the stories in this book, we had heard before but not really believed.
A good informative book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 10 May 2014
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Martin H. King "Dr. Martin King." (Exeter, Devon.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
Another great book from the "forgotten Voices" series. The book is made up of short accounts by the actual participants in the Battle of Britain - and not just the pilots of the RAF, also civilians who add another fascinating dimension to the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voices from the past..., 28 Aug 2013
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What a wonderful book! This is another gem from the 'Forgotten Voices' series that I picked up recently on Amazon.

Full of emotion and anecdotes from members of the armed forces of Germany and Britain (and her allies), as well as the civilians, members of the Home Guard, nursing staff, fire service, ambulance service, and many others, all of whom contribute to make this a fascinating new insight into how people really felt and feared during this incredible time in the history of Britain.

The author has done a marvellous job of putting the excerpts in a relatively cohesive chronological order (the excerpts are all transcripts of recordings made by the Imperial War Museum and others), making this an easy and 'sensible' read. Whilst not a history book as such, it is perhaps even more insightful and informative as it really gets into the mindset of a country that was fighting for its life and its very existence.

All in all, a wonderful read, highly recommended for all buffs and anyone interested in a good old fashioned tale from Grandad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain Stands Alone, 26 April 2013
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This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain: A New History in the Words of the Men and Women on Both Sides (Paperback)
This book forms another excellent collection of personal histories covering the early years of the Second World War. More than any standard history text could ever do it gives an insight into what it was like for Britain in the early years of the war when defeat to Nazi Germany seemed a very real possibility.

The title is slightly misleading as the book is actually divided into three sections - Dunkirk and The Threat of Invasion, The Battle of Britain and finally The Blitz. Each section is then subdivided into more specific aspects with a short explanatory history setting the scene. Unfortunately there is some cross over with one of the other Forgotten Voices books which specifically covers Dunkirk, but this only relates to a very small percentage of the text.

It's nice to see that the author has managed to balance the accounts of airmen on both sides of the Battle of Britain by quoting both Allied and German sources. This allows the reader to see how the views of the airmen actually involved in the battle match up to the myths which have been created since. The descriptions of burns victims are particularly moving in this section and it makes you realise the sacrifice these young men made.

The section about The Blitz is also very well done with accounts from people from all walks of life. It's amazing to think of this happening just 70 years ago. I'm not sure the people of London would be so united now, everybody would be putting in claims for compensation !

As a history of these early years of the war this book does seem incomplete without any reference to the role of the Royal Navy in keeping this island free from Nazi occupation. The fight for control of the sea was every bit as important as the battle in the air. However that story is perhaps best left to another Forgotten Voices book focusing on the Royal and Merchant Navy if someone from the IWM would be kind enough to write one!

As with other Forgotten Voices books this is a very British history of the war, looking at the conflict from the viewpoint of the British people. While Britain did not suffer as much as other European countries during the war it shows clearly what that generation went through to bring us peace. If Britain had not stood up to Hitler the US would never have become involved in a war in Europe, having no where to launch an invasion from. This book is a fine tribute to the strength of will of the British people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, 23 Mar 2013
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AA good read and leaves you full of lots of emotions that people must have gone through at such a tough time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, 13 Mar 2013
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Absolutely love the forgotten voices series, and this is no exception. Filled with incredibly moving thoughts and memories from some of the bravest men in the world. Occasionally sad, but often funny. If you like this sort of thing, you won't be disappointed.
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