1st.ed., 2003. (vi) + 340 pp., 16 photo & other plates (some cold.) ; map e.p's. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The narrow sea separating Britain from Europe has played a major role in numerous historic episodes in the story of these islands, serving in turn as a moat for defence against foreign invasion and a gateway to world trade. For thousands of years ships have carried both famous and ordinary people across its waters ; tyrants from Napoleon to Hitler have fought to gain possession of its 'bridge'. Weapons from galleons to MTBs ; wooden walls to Spitfires have prevented invasion. The remarkable story of the English Channel from earliest times down to today's Channel Tunnel with its political and naval significance.