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The Invasion

William Le Queux (1864-1927)

1. 01 - Preface and Book 1, Chapter 1, The Surprise
2. 02 - Effect In The City
3. 03 - News Of The Enemy
4. 04 - A Prophecy Fulfilled
5. 05 - State of Siege Declared
6. 06 - How The Enemy Dealt The Blow
7. 07 - Desperate Fighting In Essex
8. 08 - Defence At Last
9. 09 - British Success At Royston
10. 10 - British Abandon Colchester
11. 11 - Fierce Fighting At Chelmsford
12. 12 - Book 2, Chapter 1, The Lines of London
13. 13 - Repluse Of The Germans
14. 14 - Battle of Epping
15. 15 - Bombardment of London
16. 16 - The Rain of Death
17. 17 - Fall Of London
18. 18 - Germans Sacking The Banks
19. 19 - Defences of South London
20. 20 - Revolts In Shoreditch and Islington
21. 21 - Book 3, Chapter 1, A Blow For Freedom
22. 22 - Scenes At Waterloo Bridge
23. 23 - Great British Victory
24. 24 - Massacre of Germans In London
25. 25 - How The War Ended

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Summary

This novel, also known as The Invasion of 1910, is a 1906 novel written mainly by William Le Queux (with H. W. Wilson providing the naval chapters). 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. The novel originally appeared in serial form in the Daily Mail newspaper from 19 March 1906, and was a huge success. The newspaper's circulation increased greatly, and it made a small fortune for Le Queux, eventually being translated into twenty-seven languages and selling over one million copies in book form.It is centered on an invasion by the Germans, who have managed to land a sizable invasion force on the East Coast of England. They advance inland, cutting all telegraph lines and despoiling farmland as they go, and the British struggle to mount a proper defense. The Germans eventually reach London and occupy half the city. A junior Member of Parliament declares that "Britain is not defeated" and organizes a resistance movement, the "League of Defenders", despite harsh reprisals by the Germans and a severe lack of arms. The Germans seem unable to combat this and tighten their control of London, and suddenly find themselves faced with a popular uprising. Eventually a newly-formed British Army marches to liberate London. The fictional war, however, is a stalemate since it appears that German forces have managed to occupy Belgium and the Netherlands. (Introduction by Wikipedia)