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Why did Churchill oppose Overlord? Why did he want to send Allied troops into easily defended, mountainous regions – Italy, Greece, the Balkans – instead of Normandy? Did he fear Hitler’s Army? Did he dread a re-run of 1914-18? Or did he prioritise British Oil and Empire interests over the task of liberating Europe from fascism? Did the Greatest Ever Briton favour a ‘Brexit’ military strategy which would have gifted western Europe to Stalin? Empire First re writes WWII history and the reputation of Britain’s iconic Prime Minister.

“Graeme Bowman takes on British icon Winston Churchill and radically re-interprets his legacy, specifically his WWII leadership which focused less on the struggle against fascism in Europe and more on preserving Britain's Empire. Bowman's big, brawling book deserves a wide audience… he has mapped out the theatre of war in the Mediterranean and Far East with a thoroughness I’ve encountered nowhere else.”
Prof. Willy Maley

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