What can I say? This book is compelling stuff and a must-read for anyone with an interest in the human aspect of war. The book is divided into chapters corresponding to the years 1939-1945 which makes the events coherent and easy to follow.
The book is made up of accounts from people involved, from evacuated school children to glider pilots, much in the vain of the book ENEMY AT THE GATES by William Craig. We learn their name and position in the war and then they tell their version of what happened. The stories are riveting, exciting, funny and tragic.
This book is based heavily on the British aspect of things (being taken from Imperial War Museum tapes) and as such includes no accounts of the Eastern front or Pacific theatres. Every theatre where the British were involved is included - Home Front, evacuation, Dunkirk, Malta, Crete, North Africa, Burma, D-Day, Arnhem, the list goes on. I found the stories of the Atlantic Convoys particularly gripping. There is the odd account from a German or French soldier thrown in, too, to add a bit of balance.
If you like reading about real people and their own acounts of the War then this is the book for you!