Academic journal article Military Review

World in the Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October 1940

Academic journal article Military Review

World in the Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October 1940

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WORLD IN THE BALANCE:

The Perilous Months of June-October 1940

Brooke C. Stoddard, Potomac Books

Washington, DC, 2011, 255 pages, $29.95

THERE ARE FEW times in modern history as dramatic as the Battle of Britain. For months, Great Britain was poised on the edge of disaster against the greatest villain of the 20th century. Brook Stoddard's World in the Balance captures the feeling of peril in his retelling of Britain's finest hour. He weaves together technological and diplomatic developments that directly affected the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and Italy's invasion of Egypt.

World in the Balance starts with the massacre of British and French soldiers in the French town of Wormhoudt. Stoddard argues that the massacre was part of a Nazi policy of ruthlessness that the Germans used during their invasion of Poland. (The SS committed most of the massacres that Stoddard mentions, but the Wehrmact has recently been shown to have been equally bloodthirsty.)

Stoddard begins his description of the Battle of Britain straightforwardly with the Miracle at Dunkirk and follows the struggles of the British for the next five months. Churchill and the Royal Air Force (RAF) are the clear heroes and protagonists. Hugh Dowding, the head of RAF fighter command, and his subordinates, Trafford Leigh-Mallory and Keith Park, who commanded the fighter groups that took the brunt of the fighting, also play large roles. …

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