(L) TRENT PARK – The posh London mansion where 59 captured German generals had nearly open access with every word spoken secretly recorded.
WESTERN APPROACHES COMMAND CENTER (above) in Liverpool, the overlooked two-level, concrete-encased, bunker from where convoys entering or departing Liverpool and UK ports were controlled. With scores of photos, many never before seen, the 88,000 – word book will reveal overlooked places and events that will challenge the knowledge of even the most avid enthusiast. A first look at the chapters: INTRODUCTION – The last days of peace. Germany, once again ready. Britain, unwilling and unable. America divided by isolationism. PROLOGUE – THE HOUR OF DESTINY. War declared, Britain alone, nears defeat. Churchill prepares to fight alone while America remains sidelined – or so it seems.
CHAPTER ONE – THE FALL OF FRANCE- BLOOD, TOIL, TEARS AND SWEAT – Appeasement fails. Churchill rushes to Paris. Catastrophic news. Britain will pay a price.
CHAPTER TWO – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1940 – A CABINET MEETING IN THE BUNKER. Churchill enters his war headquarters, an easy target for German attack.
CHAPTER THREE – LIVERPOOL AND THE WESTERN APPROACHES COMMAND CENTER. The rarely seen underground headquarters that controlled entry and departure of the wartime convoys supplying Britain.
CHAPTER FOUR – FDR’s UNDECLARED WAR. Overlooked for decades are the facts from declassified files revealing FDR’s secret aid to Britain before America’s entry.
CHAPTER FIVE- SECRET MISSION TO SINGAPORE. The least-known US Navy mission discloses how and why FDR approved the pre-war loan of five US transports to take an entire British division to beleaguered Singapore in its last dying days.
CHAPTER SIX – FALL OF “THE GIBRALTAR OF THE EAST.” Japanese bombs drop as American transports disembark British troops in Singapore, with death or imprisonment ahead for the 16th Division. Britain’s biggest war loss in history.
CHAPTER SEVEN – FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA – THE UNKNOWN ODYSSEY OF THE SS AMERICA/USS WEST POINT. Beginning with a still unknown pre-war secret mission, the pride of America’s merchant fleet becomes a troop-ship and sails to glory.
CHAPTER EIGHT – BLETCHLEY PARK: THE SECRET WAR. First disclosed by the author, a tattered collection of temporary buildings in the British countryside where the Nazi Enigma cypher was broken. Along with the Atomic Bomb, the war’s major secret.
CHAPTER NINE – U-BOAT SANCTUARY. Intact after seven decades, the U-boat bases are the largest remains of the European war. A must-see for any World War II enthusiast.
CHAPTER TEN – INSIDE THE LIONS DEN. In a rare exclusive with exclusive photos, view the former headquarters from where Admiral Karl Doenitz commanded the U-boat fleet that almost won the war for Nazi Germany.
CHAPTER ELEVEN – LAUNCHING THE INVASION. SOUTHWICK HOUSE AND D-DAY. That the invasion took place is known everywhere, but not the unchanged place where the decision was made, still in its original appearance. See the same floor to ceiling map.
CHAPTER TWELVE – THE BAND OF BROTHERS. The famed “Easy Company” from D-Day to Hitler’s mountain hideaway.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN – AIR FORCE PILOT, HERO, AND MOVIE STUART: JIMMY STEWART AND THE NEED TO FLY. Too tall, too thin, too old, a famous star – one of America’s unsung heroes – and the same base in England from where he flew B-24s to bomb Germany.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN – THE US ARMY AIR FORCE IN EUROPE. With ten times the casualties of the infantry, they still flew against the odds and into history.
CHAPTER FIFTEEN – “LITTLE AMERICA:” PATRIOTISM AND PRODUCTION BUILT THE BASES. Funded by the US, British contractors built scores of fully-functioning bases in an area the size of New Jersey. See the surprisingly intact remains decades later.
CHAPTER SIXTEEN – ATTACKING THE HEART OF GERMANY. How the airmen adapted to ever-improving German tactics but still lost 28,000 killed in fierce air combat.
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – LIVING THE HISTORY/THE BASES WHERE IT BEGAN. Walk the perimeter tracks and runways and view control towers and remaining parts of the bases, including the ghostly footprints and initials left for history.
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – A BOY ON THE FENCE. Decades after the war, the author is told how a ten-year old boy became the mascot for a B-24 and its crew, later to have a tragic ending. Decades later, learn about it from the same person.
CHAPTER NINETEEN – THE NORDEN BOMBSITE AND THE MYTH OF STRATEGIC BOMBING. Manufactured in great secrecy, the little-known story of how the famous precision bomb-sight became one of the war’s major failures.
CHAPTER TWENTY – TRENT PARK TATTLETALES. How and why 59 captured German generals were maintained in a posh London mansion in near luxury, unaware that every word was being secretly recorded. Enter the mansion on its last day before conversion into apartments.
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE – THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY. The war could not have been won without American involvement. A salute to the US Home Front. Then and now appearance and use of the same factories where the war goods were made.
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO – REMAINS OF THE REICH: INTACT TRACES IN UNEXPECTED PLACES With photos, descriptions, and present-day views of Nazi remains proving that the “Thousand Year Reich” was no fantasy. EPILOGUE – What the GI’s saw in Germany validated why they fought and what they saw in New York harbor confirmed their commitment to freedom.
Includes numerous photos – most never-before seen. The 355-page hard-cover book will be released March 1, 2019.