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But new archival research in Europe and the United States, substantiated by the authors exclusive and unprecedented access to KGB files, reveals another story - one that shows just how close England came to making a peace deal with Hitlers Germany.

In this latest of John Costellos important and highly controversial re-examinations of modern history, "Ten Days to Destiny" reveals how Hess came to England at Hitlers direction and with the connivance of the British secret service and powerful elements in British society, bearing a serious peace offer that would have allowed England to retain its empire in return for her support for Germanys invasion of the Soviet Union.

To understand the significance of Hesss mission, Costello takes us back to 1940, to ten critical days during that summer of Dunkirk and the fall of France, when it was unclear whether England would survive the war.

"This was their finest hour" was how Winston Churchill described the spirit of the nation, enshrining the myth that his people and government would fight Hitler, whatever the cost.

"Ten Days to Destiny" can truly claim to be not only the first behind-the-scenes account of the agonizing history of 1940, but also the first major historical work to draw from actual KGB documentation.

It also reveals that Ambassador Joseph Kennedy was the prime suspect for 'The Doctor', the code name given by Hesss staff to his source of reason why Hitler halted the advance on Dunkirk and details the German plot to bring the Duke of Windsor back to the throne.

But declassified government archives, private diaries, and captured German documents reveal that Churchills toughest battles were actually with senior members of his own administration, who had decided the time had come to negotiate a compromise peace.

Costello not only traces their secret maneuvering with Berlin [climaxing in Hesss arrival the following year], but also details the desperate cabinet battle Churchill had to wage against them - which he came within a hairbreadth of losing.

Likewise, high priority targets included oil production and refining facilities which produced the fuel and lubricants needed to make the war effort possible.

In addition to underground facilities, camouflage was used to hide numerous smaller facilities.

on the eve of the attack on Russia created the unwanted two-front war that cost Hitler the victory.

After the failure of Hesss ill-fated flight, his place in the Nazi hierarchy was taken by Martin Bormann.

German means of industrial, arms, and energy production became increasing venerable to attack by Allied bombers.

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