The truth about the Battle of Britain and what stopped Hitler
What stopped Hitler in 1940 - why did he not attempt to invade Britain? In this fresh look, Derek Robinson argues that the Battle of Britain alone could not have been why Operation Sealion, the planned German invasion, was scrapped. The real reason was a force that both Churchill and Hitler failed to acknowledge: the Royal Navy.
Whilst never downplaying the skill and courage of the pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, Robinson challenges a verdit that has been in place for 50 years, and make us question our acceptance of the old story.
Derek Robinson is a policeman's son from a council estate who crossed the class barrier by going to Cambridge, where he got a degree in history and learned to write badly. A stint in advertising in London and New York changed that, and in 1971 he finally got it right when Goshawk Squadron was shorlisted for the Booker Prize. This novel of the Royal Flying Corps led to a sequel, Hornet's Sting, and War Story. His equally acclaimed trilogy of World War Two novels are Piece of Cake, A Good Clean Fight and Damned Good Show. His other novels include The Eldorado Network and Artillery of Lies. Derek Robinson has also published non-fiction on a variety of themes, from the laws of rugby to the nuclear tests on Christmas Island in the 1950s. His most recent book is Invasion, 1940 a revisionist history of the Battle of Britain. He lives in Bristol.