A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.
It is sometimes difficult to believe that only 75 years ago Britain was not only facing the prospect of invasion, but was also under threat of real hunger from the blocking of the seaways.
During the Second World War the advantages of being an island nation also made the country vulnerable to the possibility of a frightening maritime siege.
This is the subject that well-known broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby takes as his fascinating subject when he appears at South Holland Centre in Spalding on Thursday, November 12 at 7.30pm.
He says: “The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to the Allied victory.
“If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed.
“Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day.”
Jonathan’s talk interweaves fascinating contemporary diaries and letters with a thrilling narrative and shows how the Battle of the Atlantic fitted in with the overall picture of the Second World War.
From senior members of the competing High Commands in London, Washington, Berlin and Moscow down to the humblest sailor, this show tells the epic story of the decisions that led to victory, and the horror and humanity endured in those perilous seas.
A captivating evening of recent history which will also include a Question and Answer session. Jonathan will also be happy after the show to sign copies of his book, provided for us by our brilliant local bookshop, Bookmark of Spalding.
Tickets for the talk are £15.50 or £14.40 concessions from the Box Office – 01775 764777 or southhollandcentre.co.uk