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The Invasion of 1910: With A Full Account of the Siege of London

2.72  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  11 reviews
What if German forces landed on the east coast of England and advanced on London while the British were struggling to mount a counter-attack? That’s premise of William Le Queux’s The Invasion of 1910, one of the most popular “invasion fiction” novels of all time.
The novel revolves around Germany’s rising naval power and its threat to a weak Britain, unprepared for war poli
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550 pages
Published 2007 by Partizan Press (first published 1906)
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Sean Smart
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting read but seems dated and not really believable
Murray Dedman
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-library
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 takes away any personal aspect from the book as there are no particular characters per se.
The message of the book is one of the most unsubtle I have ever read. Basically, the author hates socialism and
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Ken T
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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 construction between the two nations, Le Queux attempts to show the failings of the "current" state of British military preparedness and political resolve. The writing is not the best, Le Queux is more interested in
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Michael Pryor
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
More of a textbook than a novel, but a fascinating historical document which, in response to the author's perception of a rundown in British defence, posits a German invasion of the UK, in glorious detail.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 WW1. Fascinating.
A.j.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Tealeaf
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 set of newspaper articles commissioned to drive sales and to beat the government of the day with a stick on issues of defense policy. There are no characters and not much of a story.

To fill out your understanding of
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John Maurey
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 by a military elitist, describing gallant soldiery and glorious battles on both sides. A little tedious, because the names and places are unfamiliar to me, but is full of action in good detail.
Norman
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fascinating details regarding cities and towns in England, battle strategy, etc. Not great as a story, however.
Ian Anderson
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. The book is set 4 years into the future (1910) and starts with a surprise German invasion. It is written as a mixture of first-hand accounts often purporting to be newspaper ar ...more
Matthew Moss
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Fascinating 'what if' novel written with extreme detail.
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This book was stupid. An implausible concept and I don't care for fantasy.
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William Tufnell Le Queux was born in London on 2 July 1864. His father, also William of Chateauroux, Indre, was a French draper's assistant and his mother was English.

He was educated in Europe and studied art under Ignazio Spiridon in Paris. He walked extensively in France and Germany and supported himself for a time writing for French newspapers. It was one of his sensational stories in 'The Peti
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