Last Hope Island, by Lynne Olson
Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood that Helped Turn the Tide of War
Lynne Olson has written before on the undercurrents of World War II, especially about the little-known players such as U.S. Ambassador to Britain, John Gilbert Wynant. In Last Hope Island, she explores the remarkable contributions of the men who joined the governments-in-exile in the UK: Polish, Czech, Norwegian, Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourgian. The daring Polish flyers who helped in winning the Battle of Britain, the Norwegian partisans who destroyed the heavy water plant that was vital to the German’s pursuit of the atomic bomb, the elaborate escape networks built in occupied countries—these exploits, as well as many others, are described by Olson in breathtaking detail, using a wide sweep of sources. These “allies in exile” worked tirelessly and idealistically to defeat Germany, only to face the reality of a divided Europe after the War.
Last Hope Island is a fascinating account of the many unheralded players previously unrecognized in the greatest war of all time.
Review by Tony Meisel