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- DescriptionFollowing the surrender of France in June 1940 Britain prepared to defend itself against a potential German invasion. In great secrecy a decision was taken to establish an elite bodyguard to protect the British Royal Family. Led initially by Major Jimmy Coats, a Coldstream Guards officer and celebrated winter sportsman, it was given the incuous title of 'The Coats Mission', but its proposed role was perhaps the most important assigned to any unit in the British armed forces. It was intended that this group would evacuate King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses, Margaret and her sister Elizabeth, to a place of safety away from London. For the next two years it trained and prepared for the role in the face of what was believed to be a very real threat, and this study, drawing on previously unseen documents, interviews and archival material, provides its history and explains how the Royal Family's protection was viewed. Beginning with the pre-war shelter preparations for the Royal Households and running through the increased anxiety of the 1940 invasion threat and Blitz, the renewed danger in 1941 and then the progressive reduction in the special measures in the years that followed,The King's Private Army offers the first dedicated account of a largely unkwn but potentially critical element of the defence of the United Kingdom during the Second World War.
- Author BiographySince the autumn of 2002 Andrew Stewart has been a member of the Defence Studies Department, King's College London, the academic component of the United Kingdom's Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) where he teaches military officers. Previously he completed his doctorate which examined diplomacy during the Second World War and worked in a geopolitical risk consultancy. He has since taught a range of subjects, both regional and security orientated, and currently is one of three historians supporting the Higher Command and Staff Course. In this role he gives lectures and leads seminars on conflict-related historical and contemporary issues. He has authored numerous books, chapters and academic articles and recently completed a new book on the D-Day landings which examines the controversy that surrounding the assault on the Sword sector. In September 2014 he will be appointed as a Reader in Conflict and Diplomacy within the Defence Studies Department.
- Author(s)Andrew Stewart
- PublisherHelion & Company
- Date of Publication18/02/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationSolihull
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHelion & Company
- Content Notec 25 b/w photos
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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