Britain`s War Machine: Weapons, Resources, and Experts in the Second World War
2011 | 464 Pages | ISBN: 0199832676 | PDF | 6 MB
The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton`s bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat by less well equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Britain`s War Machine, by putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, demolishes some of the most cherished myths about wartime Britain and gives us a very different and often unsettling picture of a great power in action