By Stephen Bungay
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Already hailed because the normal paintings, The most threatening Enemy is an authoritative historical past of the British conflict that galvanized the general public mind's eye and symbolized the future of a kingdom. yet during this rigorous reinvestigation of the conflict of england, Stephen Bungay tells a narrative choked with revelations. even if assessing the improvement of radar or the relative benefits of the Spitfire, storm, and Messerschmitt, he uncovers the unforeseen fact in the back of many standard myths. not just a big paintings of recent background but in addition a really compelling narrative, The most deadly Enemy confirms the conflict of england as a very important occasion in ecu history.
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In 1970, Basil Liddell Hart sparked off controversy by putting forward the view, based on his conversations with generals such as Blumentritt, that Hitler in fact wanted to avoid inflicting a humiliating defeat on the British, as they would then be unwilling to negotiate. 17 People rarely make decisions for a single reason. All of these considerations probably played a role. Attempts to reach a settlement with Britain continued, and Hitler had every reason to suppose they had a good chance of success.
The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
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