The Splendid and the Vile
The Splendid and the Vile A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Larson, Erik Book - 2020

My dad was a radar technician who spent the war in Scotland at a Chain Low radar station after training in Clinton Ontario in radar, top secret at the time. When he left I was Two, staying with mom in grandpa’s mansion at 32 Teddington Park in North Toronto. Grandpa had a mom and her two children staying as his guests from England to escape the bombing and more probably, invasion. Needless to say, from an early age the war was close to home. When the Japs torpedoed battleship row December 7, 1941, there was fear that they would land troops unopposed in British Columbia.

This book puts the first year of the war in stark relief, in particular what it was really like to be bombed not just in London, as there was no defense at that time against nightime bombing, with 500 or so German bombers overhead. The RAF fighter aircraft production was a target, and Churchill enlisted Beaverbrook to oversee production, which he did to the point that the RAF was able to actually increase production during the blitz while the Germans counted on winning the air war as a precondition for sea borne invasion. As a student of history I found his book full of critical information not previously available.

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