Defending the Rock

Defending the Rock

ISBN
9780571307722
Published
04/04/2019
9780571307722
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
672

About the Book

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 seapower since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, Gibraltar also had to let thousands of foreigners across its frontier to work every day. Among them came spies and saboteurs, eager to blow up the Rock’s twenty five miles of secret tunnels.

Nicholas Rankin’s revelatory book, whose cast of characters includes Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski, sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against Fascism, from Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia, through the Spanish Civil War, to the end 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 seapower since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, Gibraltar also had to let thousands of foreigners across its frontier to work every day. Among them came spies and saboteurs, eager to blow up the Rock’s twenty five miles of secret tunnels. Nicholas Rankin’s revelatory book, whose cast of characters includes Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski, sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against Fascism, from Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia, through the Spanish Civil War, to the end of the Second World War.
  • Nicholas Rankin

    Nicholas Rankin spent twenty years broadcasting for BBC World Service where he was Chief Producer and won two UN awards. He is the author of Dead Man's Chest, Telegram from Guernica and the bestselling Churchill's Wizards, the story of British intelligence in the two World Wars.

“Rankin is a wonderful storyteller … Hitler hinted that his failure to take Gibraltar in the summer of 1940 was his gravest mistake during the war. Historians aren’t supposed to indulge in counterfactuals but it does make you think.”
- The Times
“This meticulously researched book is well timed, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Gibraltar’s 1967 referendum, which yielded a 99.6 per cent vote in favour of continued British sovereignty.”
- BBC History Magazine

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