Early May 1940 London – Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain’s government is at the verge of fall. It is hard for us to think the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm.
Here in ‘Six Minutes in May’ Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.
The first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It resulted disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet days later Churchill would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and Lord Halifax.
It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain.
Shakespeare demonstrates us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that paved way to this crucial point.
Uncovering new research and delving deep into the backgrounds of the key players, the author provide us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.