Works – Mainstream Invasion Literature

1877, Walker, W.H. , The Invasion 

W. H. Walker (1877) The Invasion An account of an imaginary invasion of Australia by a Russian fleet. WE had lived such a hum-drum life at Parkestown for long, that when on the morning of the 18th May, 187—, the Herald was not delivered as usual, I almost felt as if the Solar System had gone out of gear. Reflection showed me that the irregularity might be accounted for by some minor cause, but when ten o'clock came, and brought, instead of the paper, an appalling rumour, through our butter and pumpkin merchant, I thought that I might as well ...
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1879, Dekhnewallah, A. , The Great Russian Invasion of India 

A. Dekhnewallah (1879) The Great Russian Invasion of India - A sequel to the Afghanistan campaign of 1878-9 In 1879, a certain A. Dekhnewallah published a pamphlet, The Great Russian Invasion of India, which described a future war between the two empires. Advancing through Afghanistan, Russian troops occupy the Punjab and Central provinces. Their attack is well prepared by the numerous spies who provoke mutiny among lower castes. British India is saved by an artillery officer, "a quiet man with large dreamy eyes," who withdraws the troops to Kashmir and organizes cunning attacks on the invaders. Finally, the British send ...
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1879, Eça de Queirós , A Catastrofe 

José Maria Eça de Queirós (1879) A Catastrofe - published posthumously in 1925 The following are taken from Alan Freeland (1999) Imagined endings: national catastrophe in the fiction of Eca de Queiros, Portuguese Studies, Jan 1999: 'A Catastrofe', first published posthumously in 1925.  In approaching this text we need to bear in mind its status as a draft that the novelist himself left unpublished, apparently abandoned. For convenience I shall refer to it here as a story. However, its interest does not lie in its literary value as a finished and polished conto, but in Eca's exploration of a particular ...
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1882, Anonymous , Submarina: or Green Eyes and Blue Glasses 

Anonymous (1882) Submarina: or Green Eyes and Blue Glasses - The Channel Tunnel. Danger to England or No Danger!, London: Yates, Alexander and Shepheard, 21 Castle Street, Holborn,E.C A strange tale, from 100 years ahead, of the debates around the danger of a channel tunnel. Extract: As to the unmitigated disastrousness of the scheme of which we hear, I was under the impression before I left my club this evening that there could be no two opinions on the subject Is it too much for most obtuse and dull imagination on the other side of this House to picture the ...
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1882, Anonymous , The Invasion of England 

Anonymous [Sir William Butler] (1882) The Invasion of England, told twenty years after by an old soldier, Sampson Low, London A telling example of this form of apocalyptic novel is the anonymously authored The Invasion of England: Told Twenty Years After, by an Old Soldier, ...... The unattributed opening epigraph contains fantastic imagery similar to that of Revelation: “And I saw two hosts conflicting in the air, / And shadows doubtless of the unborn time, / Cast on the mirror of night.”  There is the apocalyptic sense of impending violence, as “portents of war were observable throughout the empire, and ...
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1882, Berney, T. , The battle of the channel tunnel and Dover Castle and forts 

Rev. Thomas Berney (1882) The battle of the channel tunnel and Dover Castle and forts : a letter (March 11th, 1882, but with some corrections and modifications) to the Right Honourable Wm. Ewart Gladstone, M.P., First Lord of the Treasury Sir, I beg leave with great respect to address you upon a subject which has long been a source of the greatest anxiety to me, and to which I am most thankful to see that you have given your recent attention in the appointing of a Scientific Committee ; and then, I learn, of a Committee on the question of ...
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1882, Demure One, The , The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again 

The "Demure One" [pseud.] (1882) The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again: Another Version of the Channel Tunnel Affair  1882 was a significant year for the student of apocalyptic writing. It is then that more apocalyptic books were published in England than at any other single time before 1914, and it was also a point at which the religious apocalyptic book temporarily gave way to its far more fashionable Future-War apocalyptic brother. The concerns centered chiefly on the proposed building of the channel tunnel and its possible use as a means of invasion by a foreign army ...
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1882, Grip , How John Bull Lost London 

Grip (1882) How John Bull Lost London or The Capture of The Channel Tunnel - London, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington A French invasion through the Channel Tunnel. Includes the Battle of Guildford and the Capture of London. Full text at: https://archive.org/details/howjohnbulllost00gripgoog ...
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1882, Guthrie, T.A, , The Seizure of the Channel Tunnel

Guthrie, T.A. (1882) The Seizure of the Channel Tunnel No further information available at this time ...
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1882, Vindex , England Crushed 

Vindex (pseudonym) England Crushed; The Secret of the Channel Tunnel Revealed: Being the Literal Translation of a Secret Despatch Recently Revised and Adopted by an August Federal Cabinet, Divulged to Vindex This was the work of a conspiracy theorist, and although it is not in the form of a fictional narrative, it carries the same message and embodies the same fears as fictive accounts of invasion.  It ostensibly consisted of intercepted memoranda, addressed to an unidentified ‘Highborn Excellency’, from a German representative; the author of these memoranda suggested that the English work in collusion with them in order to defeat ...
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1883, Anonymous , The Battle of the Moy: Or How Ireland Gained Her Independence in 1892-1894 

Anonymous (1883) The Battle of the Moy: Or How Ireland Gained Her Independence in 1892-1894 The year 1892 opened upon a gloomy prospect, — a period of impending strife and conflict in Europe. Everywhere discontent was manifest, and people grew more and more restless under the government of kings and princes. Nihilism, Socialism, and Democracy honeycombed and permeated every civilized community. The Russian government, as a last resort to escape destruction, had granted autonomy to long-suffering Poland ; the Turks had retired to the Asiatic side of the Bosphorus, whence they came ; and the Greeks, whose territory was now ...
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1883, Anonymous , The Story of the battle of Port Said 

Anonymous (1883) The Story of the battle of Port Said : a chapter in the history of the future. London : Offices of "Engineering", 1883. A fictitious account of the "Battle of Port Said." set in June 1886, in which England and Germany fought as allies against the combined forces of Turkey, France and Russia. Told over six issues of Engineering in 1883. Engineering, vol. 36, 6 July 1883, pp. 1-3;Engineering, vol. 36, 13 July 1883, pp.27-28;Engineering, vol. 36, 20 July 1883, pp. 51-54;Engineering, vol. 36, 27 July 1883, pp. 80-84;Engineering, vol. 36, 3 August 1883, pp. 111-112; andEngineering, vol ...
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