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Secret Britain: A journey through the Second World War's hidden bases and battlegrounds

Sinclair McKay

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c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), European history, Military intelligence

From the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park Brainteasers comes an exciting new book that journeys around the top secret and hidden WWII bases and battlegrounds in the UK, and tells the story of the brave men and women who fought and trained in them.

Discover the stories of the brave men and women who worked, trained and fought across the UK, from Bletchley Park in southern England all the way to Arisaig in northern Scotland, in an unbelievable effort to defeat the Nazis and win the Second World War .

From the outset of the war, most of Britain felt like a mystery even to those who lived there. All road and railway signs were removed up and down the country to thwart potential enemy spies. An invisible web of cunning spread across the United Kingdom; secret laboratories were hidden in marshes, underground bases were built to conceal key strategic plans and grand country houses became secret and silent locations for eccentric boffins to do their confidential cryptography work.

In Secret Britain, Sinclair McKay maps out the UK through the hidden bases and battlegrounds of WWII. These locations are full of history and intrigue, but if you don't know where to look, you might just miss them. Journeying through secret wildernesses, suburbs, underground tunnels and manor houses, Sinclair gives a glimpse into the stories of the incredible people behind the war effort, and shows how you might be able to visit these mysterious and evocative locations yourself.

With his trademark warmth and compassion, Sinclair unearths the truths of the war that have remained under layers of secrecy since the war was won in 1945.

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Praise for Secret Britain: A journey through the Second World War's hidden bases and battlegrounds

  • This book [The Secret Life of Bletchley Park] seems a remarkably faithful account of what we did, why it mattered, and how it all felt at the time by someone who couldn't possibly have been born then. - The Guardian

  • [Bletchley Park Brainteasers] is outrageously difficult but utterly fascinating. - The Express

  • Disturbing and compelling in equal measure. Sinclair McKay brings a dark subject vividly to life in [The Fire and the Darkness]. - Keith Lowe, author of Savage Continent and The Fear and the Freedom

  • Engrossing . . . well-researched, powerfully written, and balanced. For all interested in military history and World War II. - Library Journal

  • 'Sinclair McKay's account of this secret war of the airwaves in [Secret Listeners] is as painstakingly researched and fascinating as his bestselling The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park, and an essential companion to it.' - Daily Mail

  • Powerful . . . there is rage in his ink. McKay's book [Dresden] grips by its passion and originality. Some 25,000 people perished in the firestorm that raged through the city. I have never seen it better described' - Sunday Times

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Sinclair McKay

Sinclair McKay is a bestelling author and social historian. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Bletchley Park Brainteasers as well as the bestselling Secret Life of Bletchley Park, which together have sold over 400,000 copies. He has authored many other books including The Scotland Yard Puzzle Book, The Tower of London Puzzle Book and Secret Britain. He writes for the Spectator and the Telegraph and spends much of his life eyebrow-deep in dusty archives! He lives in east London.

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