A gripping account of Britain's experience of 1940: the year we stood alone against the victorious Nazi war machine fresh from its blitzkrieg victories in Poland and France. Based on existing Imperial War Museum archives, this book tells the story of our island's finest hour through the first-hand accounts of those who were there: from the British Expeditionary Force's May defeat in the Battle of France, through its miraculous evacuation from the bomb-ravaged beaches of Dunkirk, to the Battle of Britain, which paid to Hitler's Operation Sealion plan to invade across the Channel, and finally to the nightmare of the Blitz which brought the war home to the civilian population of Britain's largest cities.
Malcolm Brown, formerly a distinguished television documentary director, has been a freelance historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1989. He has written a substantial list of books including The Imperial War Museum Book of the Western Front, The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme and Verdun 1916. His latest books are Tommy Goes to War, The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918 with Sidney Rogerson and Lawrence of Arabia: Selected Letters. He lives in Ruscombe in Reading.