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A chilling alternative history based on fact
on 19 February 2007
This is an absorbing and chilling alternative history, a look at what Britain might have been like and how British people might have behaved if the Nazis had conquered the country. Its grounding in historical reality is what gives it an added edge - the first four chapters detail established historical events; only then does history change and fiction., albeit logically extrapolated, take over when the Nazis concentrate their firepower on destroying our radar stations and airbases rather than bombing our civilian cities, thereby removing the RAF from the equation. From then on, the Nazis have the upper hand, helped on by a dose of good fortune, and the Nazis conquer the south east and take London, Churchill bravely dying in a hail of bullets in the process. The remainder of the book details what might well have happened in an occupied Britain, based largely on what happened in the Channel Islands as the only part of the British Crown under enemy occupation (though with some differences to allow for the different sizes and populations, etc) and partly on what happened in other occupied countries. The result is a chilling depiction of what might have been, especially if the Nazis had carried out their threat to deport all British males between the ages of 17 and 45 (though it should be added they did not do this in any other occupied country, and only threatened to carry it out in the Channel Islands if the Islanders did not behave, instead deporting only those Islanders not born there). Well worth a read and very thought provoking; how thin are the margins between freedom and occupation - thank God for those radars and those pilots!