DEFENDING THE ROCK: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler


DEFENDING THE ROCK: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler

NICHOLAS RANKIN    Book Number: 86094    Product format: Hardback

A 'trenchantly intelligent look at the course of the Second World War'. Two months before he shot himself, Adolf Hitler saw where it had all gone wrong. By failing to seize Gibraltar in the summer of 1940 he had lost the war. The Rock of Gibraltar, a pillar of British sea power since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, every day Gibraltar had to let thousands of foreigners across its frontier to work. Among them came spies and saboteurs eager to blow up the Rock's 25 miles of secret tunnels. In 1942, it became US General Eisenhower's headquarters for the invasion of North Africa, the campaign that led to the Allied victory in the Mediterranean. Rankin's revelatory book introduces a whole cast of characters including Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski. It sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against Fascism, from Italy's invasion of Abyssinia to the Spanish Civil War and chronicles how the Gibraltarian people emerged in 1945 with a longing to govern themselves in their own homeland. With general map of the British Empire 1930 on the endpapers, 21 illustrations and two maps. 660 magnificent pages.
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ISBN 9780571307708
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