Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount Limited, 1991, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white plates; Diagrams; Maps;
From the cover: Of the three great projects to invade Britain by Philip II of Spain, Napoleon and Hitler Napoleons was the most daring and brilliantly organised of them all.
During the fateful summer of 1805, a 2,000-strong armada of custom-built invasion craft and an expeditionary force of nearly 100,000 men stood ready, awaiting Napoleons word that would launch them across the Channel to storm the beaches of Kent and capture London.
Peter Lloyd tells the story of the creation of this massive invasion machine perhaps the single most awesome product of the Napoleonic will and follows the workings of the Emperors mind towards a final daring strategic gamble to subjugate Frances arch-enemy.
The scene on the other side of the Channel is described in similar detail. As in 1940, Britain stood alone against a Continental dictator, and the Home Front of 1805 is fascinatingly reminiscent of that later crisis, with false invasion alarms, a Home Guard drilling up and down the land, a morale-boosting propaganda campaign, an intelligence war and contingency plans to set up an emergency seat of government for a fight to the finish.
In the last chapters, the events of 1805 the prelude to Trafalgar are recounted, when Napoleon activated his plan, with Nelson in hot pursuit of the enemy and naval squadrons intricately criss-crossing the seas from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean until the final collapse of the Emperors grand design. This book not only evokes the tensions of one of the turning-points of history but prompts the reader to speculate on one of its most compelling might-have-beens.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9″ x 6″.