Attack Alarm Author:Hammond Innes Summer, 1940: — A young A.A. gunner tells his story: "Faint to the south was a low throb, deep, insistent. The sound grew until it beat upon the air--then, like the ripping of calico, the sound of machine-fun fire. Two bursts. The noise of German planes filled the skies. I had a horrible sense of claustrophobia and longed to tear away the cu... more »rtain of smoke...a sluggish throb immediately overhead shook the ground...I looked up and saw landing wheels and a wing-spread bellying white through the smoke...and it wasn't one of ours..."« less
This book is a classic, depicting war right from the mouth of the guns. The reader can almost smell the cordite and feel the earth shake under the German bombs.
One of Innes' first novels, ATTACK ALARM was written when Hammond Innes was a young gunner stationed on a Battle of Britain aerodrome in 1941, living through the shattering experiences he so accurately describes. Because the book was written 'under fire' on a gun tower in 1941, the urgency and intensity of the times are communicated by the young author.
As well as a thrilling adventure story of fifth-column activities, the book is an authentic, hair-raising account of the long summer of 1940 when England hung on the brink of disaster and only a handful of fighter planes could prevent total defeat . . .