Britain's War: A New World, 1942-1947 (UK Edition)

October 30, 2020
Britain's War: A New World, 1942-1947 (UK Edition)

The second volume in Daniel Todman's acclaimed historyof Britain's experience of the Second World War'A stunningachievement' Max Hastings,Sunday Times'I cannot recommend this history highly enough' KeithLowe, Literary ReviewPart Two of Daniel Todman's epic history of the Second World Waropens with one of the greatest disasters in British militaryhistory - the fall of Singapore in February 1942. Unlike theaftermath of Dunkirk, there was no redeeming narrative availablehere - Britain had been defeated by a far smaller Japanese force inher grandly proclaimed, invincible Asian 'fortress'.The unique skill of Daniel Todman's history lies in its neverlosing sight of the inter-connectedness of the British experience.The agony of Singapore, for example, is seen through the eyes ofits inhabitants, of its defenders, of Churchill's Cabinet and ofordinary people at home. Each stage of the war, from the nadir ofearly 1942 to the great series of victories in 1944-5 and on toIndian independence, is described both as it was understood at thetime and in the light of the very latest historical research.Britain's War is a triumph of narrative, empathy andresearch, as gripping in its handling of individual witnesses tothe war - those doomed to struggle with bombing, rationing,exhausting work and above all the absence of millions of familymembers - as of the gigantic military, social, technological andeconomic forces that swept the conflict along. It is the definitiveaccount of a drama which reshaped our country.