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Convoy Peewit

Author : A. D. Saunders
ISBN : IND:30000127023350
Genre : History
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During the early hours of 8 August 1940 over twenty merchant ships set sail in Convoy CW9 "Peewit" and edged past Dover, hugging the shore in complete darkness. Whilst unseen to human eyes, the Germans had picked up the large convoy on its Freya radar at Cap Gris Nez and flashed warning messages to the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe. At Boulogne E-Boats were readied and left port in the early hours to take up station off Beachy Head to watch and wait for the inevitable convoy. With horrendous suddenness, the E-Boat Flotilla was amongst the convoy as it passed Newhaven. Like a pack of wolves into a flock of sheep, the German boats scattered the convoy and mayhem ensued until the E-Boats called off the attack in the gathering light. The rest would be left to the Luftwaffe. What ensued was recorded in history as the first day of the Battle of Britain. It was the commencement of all-out attacks on channel convoys and resulted in the heaviest losses witnessed in the war so far. After sustaining massive damage, RAF fighters scrambled from Tangmere to defend the convoy and clashed with attacking Me 109s and Ju 87s in a vicious battle over the channel. Andy Saunders gives a blow by blow account from the perspective of the RAF, Luftwaffe, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine on this milestone day. Using personal accounts of the action, official diaries, logbooks and contemporary records, 'Convoy Peewit 1940' gives a chronological breakdown of events on land, sea and air, successfully setting them into context against the wider picture that was the Battle of Britain. Published to coincide with the screening of a BBC program, based on the author's research and writings.
Category: History


Author : Mitch Peeke
ISBN : 9781473860032
Genre : History
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The epic story of 1940 is not confined to the great air battle over England that summer; The Battle of Britain. Whilst that battle was indeed a major turning point in the course of the Second World War, it was only fought because of the ultimate outcome of the battle that preceded it. When Hitler's forces swiftly overran the Low Countries and then France, the remnants of the French and British Armies were trapped in a pocketed position around the channel port of Dunquerque. Militarily, that should have been the end of it. Trapped with their backs to the sea, the tired soldiers surely faced annihilation or capture. Hitler's Generals certainly thought so. But then Hitler made his first and biggest mistake. He listened to his old friend and commander of the German Air Force, Herman Goering. Instead of allowing his Armies to finish the job, he ordered them to halt. Goering had persuaded his Fuhrer to allow his Air Force to finish it instead. Goering failed, giving the British time to evacuate the stranded Armies from Dunqerque. The Battle of France was over, but now there would have to be a Battle of Britain, as Britain would now have to be eliminated as well; either by diplomacy, which wasn't likely, or by invasion. This was the prospect facing those in England at that time and this is the story of that momentous year.
Category: History

The Many Not The Few

Author : Richard North
ISBN : 9781441185518
Genre : History
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Immortalised in Churchill's often quoted assertion that never before "was so much owed by so many to so few", the top-down narrative of the Battle of Britain has been firmly established in British legend. Britain was saved from German invasion by the gallant band of Fighter Command Pilots in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, and the public owed them their freedom. Richard North's radical re-evaluation of the Battle of Britain dismantles this mythical retelling of events. Taking a wider perspective than the much-discussed air war, North takes a fresh look at the conflict as a whole to show that the civilian experience, far from being separate and distinct, was integral to the Battle. This recovery of the people's stolen history demonstrates that Hitler's aim was not the military conquest of England, and that his unattained target was the hearts and minds of British people.
Category: History

To Defeat The Few

Author : Douglas C. Dildy
ISBN : 9781472839176
Genre : History
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Over the past 80 years, histories of the Battle of Britain have consistently portrayed the feats of 'The Few' (as they were immortalized in Churchill's famous speech) as being responsible for the RAF's victory in the epic battle. However, this is only part of the story. The results of an air campaign cannot be measured in terms of territory captured, cities occupied or armies defeated, routed or annihilated. Successful air campaigns are those that achieve their intended aims or stated objectives. Victory in the Battle of Britain was determined by whether the Luftwaffe achieved its objectives. The Luftwaffe, of course, did not, and this detailed and rigorous study explains why. Analysing the battle in its entirety in the context of what it was – history's first independent offensive counter-air campaign against the world's first integrated air defence system – Douglas C. Dildy and Paul F. Crickmore set out to re-examine this remarkable conflict. Presenting the events of the Battle of Britain in the context of the Luftwaffe's campaign and RAF Fighter Command's battles against it, this title is a new and innovative history of the battle that kept alive the Allies' chances of defeating Nazi Germany.
Category: History

Luftwaffe Fighters And Bombers

Author : Chris Goss
ISBN : 9780811707497
Genre : History
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Previously published as two seperate works: Luftwaffe fighters' Battle of Britain and, Luftwaffe bombers' Battle of Britain. 2000.
Category: History


Author : David Owen
ISBN : 9781473828063
Genre : History
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Innumerable books have been published on the two most famous fighter aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109. But books setting out to tell the story of both aircraft are very much rarer - probably fewer than the fingers of one hand. Yet their joint story is one which bears retelling since both were essential to the air campaigns of World War Two. Incredibly, the men who designed them lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes. Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat. Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle. Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.
Category: History

Aircraft Salvage In The Battle Of Britain And The Blitz

Author : Andy Saunders
ISBN : 9781473837324
Genre : History
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“A well-documented photographic portrayal, detailing a plethora of aircraft shot down and salvaged in Great Britain during World War Two.”—Stand Easy Blog Aircraft Salvage in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz is comprised of 140-150 images of the work of RAF and civilian salvage squads during the Battle of Britain, the Blitz and beyond. The images depict losses across Britain, both RAF and German, during this period. Each picture tells its own story and is fully captioned with historical detail. Each section has a short introduction and the images include those of shot down aircraft, including relatively intact machines, badly damaged/destroyed wreckages, photographs of pilots and other related illustrations. All images are from the author’s unique collection of wartime photographs of Luftwaffe losses, collected from a variety of sources across some thirty-five years of research. “Part of a sprawling series, Aircraft Salvage in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz gives us a really entertaining look at aircraft wrecks.”—War History Online “The variety of aircraft types featured is wide, from the Me 109 and Heinkel He 111 there are also Me 110 (including the one flown by Rudolf Hess) and Ju 88s plus Spitfires and Hurricanes, along with Italian Fiat CR42 biplanes and the larger Fiat BR20 bomber . . . There is lots of detail to be seen of the various airframes and plenty of ideas for modellers who might want to try their hand at a diorama showing an aircraft recovery scene. I think I’d go so far as to say this is one of my favorites in the extensive Images of War series.”—Military Modelling Online
Category: History

Battle Over Britain

Author : Francis K. Mason
ISBN : WISC:89035128933
Genre : History
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Category: History

The German Navy In World War Ii

Author : Robert Jackson
ISBN : UOM:39015045663641
Genre : Germany
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Hitler's navy is examined in detail, from the small coastal vessels to the giant battleships, with full colour illustrations of all the major types of vessel. Accounts of the most important naval actions are included.
Category: Germany

The Luftwaffe Fighters Battle Of Britain

Author : Chris Goss
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025093985
Genre : History
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The Battle of Britain (July to October 1940), one of World War II's turning points, as seen by the German attackers who ultimately lost the battle. Personal accounts from the men who flew the Messerschmitt fighters and Junkers bombers. Riveting stories of wheeling dogfights with British Spitfires and bomb runs amid exploding flak. Packed with photos of pilots, crews, planes, equipment, and more. (publisher)
Category: History

Blitz On Britain

Author : Alfred Price
ISBN : STANFORD:36105037013039
Genre : Air defenses
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Beskriver det tyske bombeangreb navnlig mod London i begyndelsen af 2. verdenskrig.
Category: Air defenses

Hitler S Stuka Squadrons

Author : John Ward
ISBN : STANFORD:36105119826522
Genre : Stuka (Bombers)
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This title separates fact from fantasy regarding the achievements and military career of the Ju 87 aircraft with details of the involvement of the Ju from the Spanish Civil War to the bitter end on the Eastern Front in 1944-1945.
Category: Stuka (Bombers)

The Battle Of Britain

Author : Michael J. F. Bowyer
ISBN : IND:30000127032344
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Clear blue skies laced white with vapor trails of fighting aircraft... petrol-filled beer bottles in the garden shed to repel the panzers... streets deserted when the Prime Minister was on the wireless... radar screens picking up German fighters and bombers approaching the English coast... Michael Bowyer tells the story of the Battle of Britain day by day detailing squadrons, aircraft types, locations, and people together with an analysis of the success or otherwise of German raids. The battle is also viewed in the wider context of the war in which both Bomber Command and Coastal Command played a vital role. Still at school at the time, Michael Bowyer also applies his unrivalled skill to recreate the scene of that finest hour using snippets from official notices, the words of Winston Churchill, and items of incidental information to help conjure up the atmosphere of the time. More than that, he imbues it with a relish for evoking a way of life unimaginably different from today.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Polish Air Force At War 1943 1945

Author : Jerzy B. Cynk
ISBN : IND:30000063901247
Genre : History
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After being overrun during the early Blitzkrieg in September 1939, and later in France in 1940, the Polish Air Force - flying British and American made fighters and bombers out of England in their own units - made a tremendous contribution to the Allied air victory. The PAFs gallant, lonely fight in September 1939 inflicted the first losses on the mighty Luftwaffe and allowed Britain a nine month grace to strengthen her air defenses. Their part in the Battle of Britain became legend, and its contribution to the early RAF bomber offensive on Germany was equally great. PAF exploits over Dieppe, North Africa, and during the invasion of Europe received special commendations from the RAF. This two volume set is the result of years' painstaking research of the official RAF and PAF documentation, and is fully supported by the Polish Air Force Association. After a brief introduction to the PAF's formative years and to the political background to the war itself, the factors shaping PAF operations in Great Britain and to the abandonment by Britain of her most faithful ally are discussed. The book also provides a wealth of information about all PAF squadrons, their participation in operations, the great variety of aircraft flown by the PAF - Hurricanes, Spitfires, Mustangs, Warhawks, Mosquitoes, Lancasters, Wellingtons, Bostons, Liberators and many others - their achievements and disappointments, victories, and losses. These are supplemented by operational statistics in detailed appendices, lists, charts, maps and over 700 black and white and color photographs, and color profiles. Volume 2 covers: PAF fighter, bomber, and reconnaissance operations prior to and during the Normandy invasion; operations in support of the Polish Home Army and Freedom Fighters; Polish air unit operations on the Russian front; Poles in the RAF aircraft ferry and transport operations; training units; Poles in aviation research and technology; postwar activities. Also included: twenty-nine appendices, bibliography, complete index covering both volumes. 270 colour & b/w photographs & Maps
Category: History

Eagles High

Author : Peter North
ISBN : 0850528895
Genre : History
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Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain this book uses colour illustration and specially commissioned colour artwork to evoke the Battle. It is approved by the Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Association, to whom a proportion of the book's earnings will be donated.
Category: History

Naval Warfare In The English Channel

Author : Peter Smith
ISBN : UOM:39015074075477
Genre : History
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This book relates how the Royal Navy defended that vital seaway throughout the war. From the early days of the Dover Patrols, through the traumas of the Dunkirk evacuation, the battles of the Channel convoys; the war against the E-boats and U-boats; the tragic raids at Dieppe and St Nazaire; the escape of the German battle-fleet; coastal convoys and the Normandy landings.
Category: History

Hold The Narrow Sea

Author : Peter Charles Smith
ISBN : UOM:39015008361605
Genre : English Channel
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Category: English Channel

A Nation Alone

Author : Arthur Ward
ISBN : STANFORD:36105041017471
Genre : Britain, Battle of, 1940
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Jubilæumsbog i anledning af 50-året for Slaget om England
Category: Britain, Battle of, 1940