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The Invasion of 1910

William Le Queux

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e stern of his boat had blown it completely away. Yet the remnant of the boat had still floated.

Lord Ebbfleet surveyed the scene with rueful eyes. The Indefatigable and Resistance, two of his powerful battleships, were out of action, and could take no more part in operations for weeks. The Leicestershire was in the same plight. From sixteen battleships his force had fallen to fourteen; his armoured cruiser squadron was reduced from eight ships to seven. To remain in the anchorage without destroyers and torpedo boats to keep a lookout would be to court further torpedo attacks, and perhaps the even more insidious danger from German submarines, and might well imperil the safety of the British reserve ships. Only one course remained—to weigh and proceed to sea, endeavouring to pass south to meet the reserve ships.

Efforts to communicate his intention to the Admiralty failed. The roar of firing had awakened Leith and Edinburgh; people were pouring into. . . Read More

Community Reviews

More of a textbook than a novel, but a fascinating historical document which, in response to the author's perception of a rundown in British defence, posits a German invasion of the UK, in glorious detail. It apparently had an enormous impact and galavanised the Army/Navy somewhat in the lead up...more

Please note that the 2007 edition is a reprint of the century old novel.

The Invasion of 1910 is an early attempt at speculative military fiction that envisions how the rising naval power of Germany could threaten Britain. Written in 1906 amid a flurry of rising tension of battleship c...more

Warmongering at its Best

London becomes England's Alamo!
Specifically written to inflame England's literate population to support National Service and a strong military. Uses the German "threat" to inflame nationalism, prejudice against foreigners, and suspicion against immigrants. Seemi...more

This isn't a book in the usual sense of the word. If you're already familiar with the political and historical context of The Invasion of 1910, you can stop reading. You already know what comes next.

If no, best to Google a bit and read up. Basically this "book" contains a serialized s...more

Fascinating details regarding cities and towns in England, battle strategy, etc. Not great as a story, however.

Starting in 1871 with The Battle of Dorking there was a fashion for novels about invasions, in particular, German invasions of Britain. In 1906 William Le Queux wrote The Invasion to champion the idea that Britain needed to spend more on the Army and to adopt compulsory military service to defend Britain against invasion. T...more

Fascinating 'what if' novel written with extreme detail.

Interesting read but seems dated and not really believable

A book very much of its time. The narrative suffers at this distance of time with the lack of characters to draw the story along relying as it does on newspaper reportage to add colour to the military detail. A very dry read.

Its not the best written book in the world. I'd say it is an interesting read for its history context. It is interesting to read into the paranoia about an aggressive Germany in the years running up to the First World War.
The format could be improved; it is written using newspaper articles...more

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