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Defending the Rock

Nicholas Rankin

This thrilling new history reveals how a lone outpost of the British Empire, riddled with secret tunnels, fought off attacks by land, sea and air to help win the war.

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9780571307739
Date Published
05.09.2017
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Summary

Adolf Hitler’s failure to take Gibraltar in 1940 lost him the Second World War. But in truth the formidable Rock, jutting between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, was extraordinarily vulnerable. Every day, ten thousand people crossed its frontier to work, spy, sabotage or escape. It was threatened by Spain, Vichy France, Italy and Germany.

After the USA entered the war, Gibraltar became General Eisenhower’s strategic headquarters for the invasion of North Africa and the battle for the Mediterranean.

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Nicholas Rankin worked 20 years for BBC World Service, winning two UN awards and ending up as Chief Producer. His previous books include biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson and the war-correspondent George Steer, Churchill’s Wizards, a study of camouflage, deception and black propaganda in both world wars, and Ian Fleming’s Commandos, the history of a WW2 naval intelligence unit. He…

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