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Defending the Rock

by Nicholas Rankin

Defending the Rock Synopsis

Two months before he shot himself, Adolf Hitler saw where it had all gone wrong. By failing to seize Gibraltar in the summer of 1940, he had lost the war. The Rock of Gibraltar, a pillar of British seapower since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, Gibraltar also had to let thousands of foreigners across its frontier to work every day. Among them came spies and saboteurs, eager to blow up the Rock's twenty five miles of secret tunnels. Nicholas Rankin's revelatory book, whose cast of characters includes Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorski, sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against Fascism, from Italy's invasion of Abyssinia, through the Spanish Civil War, to the end of the Second World War.

Defending the Rock Press Reviews

Highly readable . . . Rankin has chosen an unusual vantage point to view the wider war, and told his story well. --Guardian Rankin is a wonderful storyteller. --The Times [A] much needed history. --Times Literary Supplement

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571307722
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Nicholas Rankin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 672 pages
Categories: Second World War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Nicholas Rankin

Nicholas Rankin worked for 20 years for the BBC World Service, winning two UN awards and becoming Chief Producer. His previous books include biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson and the war-correspondent George Steer, Churchill's Wizards, a study of camouflage, deception and black propaganda in both world wars, and Ian Fleming's Commandos, the history of a WW2 naval intelligence unit. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London and Kent.

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