Britain goes to war

Alan Allport discusses his new book, 'Britain at Bay', which explores the years 1938–41, in two parts. The first examines Neville Chamberlain, the outbreak of war, and the fall of France. The second considers the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire

Police and railwaymen assist some of the 800 evacuee children as they leave Ealing Broadway station, London, for the country on 1st September 1939 (Photo by Getty Images)

Historian Alan Allport discusses his new book, Britain at Bay, which explores the years 1938–41 as the country transitioned from an uneasy peace to the most perilous moments of World War Two. The first part of this interview examines Neville Chamberlain and his appeasement policy, the outbreak of war, and the fall of France in 1940. 

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The second part of this interview examines the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire.