Churchill's Bunker: The Secret Headquarters at the Heart of Britain's Victory

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Profile Books, Jun 2, 2011 - History - 335 pages
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'This is the room from which I will direct the war,' Churchill declared, shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 1940. It was from these cramped confines that Churchill turned a seemingly inevitable defeat at the hands of the Nazis into a famous victory. Built in 1938 as a temporary refuge in case of air raid attack, this secret bunker became a second home to Churchill - and to large numbers of military personnel and civil servants whose work until now has been largely unsung.

Drawing on a fascinating range of original material, including newly available first-hand accounts of the people who lived there, Holmes reveals how and why the bunker and its war machine developed; how the inhabitants' lives were transformed; and how their work led to victory. Elegant and illuminating, Churchill's Bunker is a unique exploration of one of the most important sites in British history.

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User Review  - Natalia Galan - Goodreads

Not really about the CWR. I was quite disappointed to find out that it was a high level overview of Churchill's role in WWII rather than a book depicting life in the CWR. Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Barraclough - Goodreads

Just not what I expected. More a very brief history of WW2 than a description of life in the bunker. The booked jumped around a lot and was hard to follow. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Professor Richard Holmes was one of Britain's most distinguished historians. He was Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and he presented seven BBC TV series, including War Walks and In the Footsteps of Churchill. He was general editor of the Oxford Companion to Military History, and the author of over twenty books. He died on 30th April 2011.

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