Keith Lowe

Five Fateful Months

The Battle of Britain: Five Months that Changed History, May–October 1940

By

Bantam Press 704pp £25 order from our bookshop

Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain’s Finest Hour, May–September 1940

By

The Bodley Head 512pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

In the summer of 1940, Britain was staring down the barrel of a gun. Defeated by the Germany Army on land and besieged by U-boats at sea, the nation was forced to rely on its last defence against invasion – the Royal Air Force. But the RAF had fewer pilots, inferior planes and less experience than the amassed forces of the Luftwaffe. As German bombs began to rain down on British soil much of the world believed that our days were numbered. The American ambassador in London, Joe Kennedy, told Washington that the British had little with which to defend themselves but their courage. The French were even more forthright. According to Admiral Darlan, commander of the French Navy, Britain had only five weeks of independence left, ‘unless they surrendered sooner’.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,