In Crucible of Hell, David once again demonstrates his commanding power to hold the reader’s attention.
Noor Inayat Khan and Christine Granville both came to Britain immediately before the war broke out and served in their adopted home country’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).
Karlsruhe led the German attack on Kristiansand during Operation Weserübung on 9 April 1940, as part of the Nazi invasion of Norway.
Consisting of figures such as Rob Bernays, Jack Macnamara, Harold Nicolson, and Ronnie Cartland (brother of Barbara), the ‘Glamour Boys’ came of sexual and political age in the 1920s, when homosexuality was outlawed but enjoyed a thriving underground existence, often in unusual places.
In early 1943, while at Harvard, Jean Claude was drafted into the Army. He was surprised to find life there more to his taste than he had anticipated, and that his fluent French marked him out for special service.
Henoch displayed a natural all-around talent in several sports, making her future accomplishments even more impressive, considering the few opportunities available for female athletes at the time.
As Churchill liked to say, to defeat the Nazis the Russians gave their blood, the Americans their money, and Britain held out for the crucial year from the summer of 1940.
After the war, flak would also come to mean very strong criticism or abuse.
The collection of letters, telegrams, and instructions was the property of the late Reginald Parker. It was found by a furloughed clerk in a jigsaw box during a home clear-out.
In the Second World War, the dockyards and riverside factories of London’s East End were essential to the country’s struggle against the Nazis. But this also made them a key target for enemy attack.