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The Invasion

William Le Queux

Book Overview: 

This novel, also known as The Invasion of 1910, is a novel written mainly by William Le Queux. It is one of the more famous examples of Invasion literature and is an example of pre-World War I Germanophobia, as it preached the need to prepare for war with Germany. The book takes the form of a military history and includes excerpts from the characters' journals and letters and descriptions of the fictional German campaign itself.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Essex—somewhere near Maldon—was now published. The statement had been dictated by Mr. Henry Alexander, J.P.,—the Mayor of Maldon, who had succeeded in escaping from the town,—to Captain Wilfred Quare, of the Intelligence Department of the War Office. This Department had, in turn, given it to the newspapers for publication.

It read as follows:—

"On Sunday morning, September 2, I had arranged to play a round of golf with my friend Somers, of Beeleigh, before church. I met him at the Golf Hut about 8.30. We played one round, and were at the last hole but three in a second round when we both thought we heard the sound of shots fired somewhere in the town. We couldn't make anything at all of it, and as we had so nearly finished the round, we thought we would do so before going to inquire about it. I was making my approach to the final hole when an exclamation from Somers spoilt my stroke. I felt annoyed, but as I looked arou. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Annoyingly, pointlessly detailed. British propaganda. Poorly aged, but an interesting introspective on British thinking in 1906. If ONLY we listened to Lord Robert's speech in 1906. IF ONLY!!!

The level of detail - town to town, skirmish to skirmish - made me feel like Germany really did invade England back in 1910. Often I was bored, other times I became very emotional (including almost being brought to tears by one scene), and most of the time it was all eerily…legit.

The best sections

More of a textbook than a novel, but a fascinating historical document which, in response to the author's perception of a rundown in British defence, posits a German invasion of the UK, in glorious detail.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 to

A sort of early 20th century Red Dawn in which England wakes up one morning to find it has been invaded by Germany. There's plenty of action in this alternate history and the naval battles are particularly well described. The innovations of WWI technology - trench building, armored motor vehicles, a

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. Seemingly written b

Interesting read but seems dated and not really believable

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 which tak

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