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The Battle Of Britain

Author : Richard Overy
ISBN : 9780141962993
Genre : History
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The Battle of Britain tells the extraordinary story of one of the pivotal events of the Second World War - the struggle between British and German air forces in the late summer and autumn of 1940. Exposing many of the myths surrounding the conflict, the book provides answers to important questions: how close did Britain really come to invasion? What were Hitler and Churchill's motives? And what was the battle's real effect on the outcome of the war? Told with great clarity and objectivity, this is a superb introduction to a defining moment in our history. 'No individual British victory after Trafalgar was more decisive in challenging the course of a major war than was the Battle of Britain ... In his carefully argued, clearly explained and impressively documented book ... Richard Overy is at pains to dispose of the myths and expose the real history of what he does not doubt was a great British victory ... the best historical analysis in readable form which has yet appeared on this prime subject' Noble Frankland, The Times Literary Supplement
Category: History

The Battle Of Britain

Author : James Holland
ISBN : 1429919418
Genre : History
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A groundbreaking new account of the Battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. If Britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe. With France facing defeat and British forces pressed back to the Channel, there were few who believed Britain could survive; but, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, Britain refused to give in. From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic World War II story in a fresh and compelling voice.
Category: History

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


Author : Len Deighton
ISBN : 9781845951061
Genre : Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940
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Len Deighton’s bestselling history of the Battle of Britain is generally regarded as the finest there is. “Brilliant analysis . . . provides a detailed account, fuller than any previously written.”–A.J.P. Taylor Len Deighton’s skill as a novelist is used to show how the human factor influenced every twist and turn of this close-fought battle. His encyclopedic knowledge of technology makes clear how machines played a vital role in the fight for Britain’s survival. Here is the intensely vivid story of the men who developed radar, designed the high-speed monoplanes, fought each other in the skies and those who simply engaged in vicious vendetta.
Category: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940

Battle Of Britain

Author : Alfred Price
ISBN : 1906537135
Genre : History
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BRITISH & IRISH HISTORY: SECOND WORLD WAR. Dr Alfred Price, who is a recognised and respected authority on the Battle of Britain, recounts the story of the conflict, both in terms of the strategic and tactical battle between two mighty air forces of the day and the fascinating and often traumatic human element as the civilians of Britain faced the reality of German invasion. Equal attention is given to both the 'human' and 'machine' aspects and the book features photographs of airfields, control stations and plotting and sector operations rooms, pilots, ground crews, female auxiliaries, the civilian front, anti-aircraft, searchlights, radar stations as well as Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Command aircraft giving a true picture of the scale of the Battle and how it touched the lives of so many civilians when the homeland truly became the front line of World War 2.
Category: History

Life As A Battle Of Britain Spitfire Pilot

Author : Arthur Donahue
ISBN : 9781445644745
Genre : History
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The perfect illustrated introduction to the story of the Battle of Britain, daily life as a fighter pilot in the summer of 1940, written by a veteran.
Category: History


Author : Brian Lane
ISBN : 9781848683549
Genre : History
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The remarkable Battle of Britain experiences of Spitfire pilot Brian Lane, DFC. Brian Lane was only 23 when he when he wrote his dramatic account of life as a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. Lane was an 'ace' with six enemy 'kills' to his credit and was awarded the DFC for bravery in combat. The text is honest and vibrant, and has the immediacy of a book written close the event, untouched, therefore, by the doubts and debates of later years. Here we can read, exactly what it was like to 'scramble', to shoot down Messerschmitts, Heinkels, Dorniers and Stukas and how it felt to lose comrades every day. Squadron Leader Brian Lane DFC was not only an exceptional fighter pilot but likewise a gifted leader, at all levels. In what was still a hierarchical and class conscious culture, 'Chiefy' Lane was different: he knew everyone under his command by first names, no matter how lowly their rank or status, and in the air he was always unflappable, calmly making the right tactical decision and in the process earning unlimited respect amongst pilots and aircrew. All these years later the survivors still speak of him with an unparalleled affection and respect bordering upon a holy reverence. High drama has never before been so characteristically understated, written, as it was, by the 'Finest of the Few'.
Category: History

Battle Of Britain Voices

Author : Jonathan Reeve
ISBN : 9781445642741
Genre : History
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The most comprehensive collection of fighter pilot accounts ever published.
Category: History

Duty Calls Battle Of Britain

Author : James Holland
ISBN : 9780141961132
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Pilot officer Archie Jackson, 19, is in control of the RAF's newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire. Now he has the Luftwaffe in his sights and only one thing matters: defending Britain. Suddenly planes are falling from the sky, exploding and spiralling into the English Channel. France has fallen and the swastika flies over Occupied Europe. Only these young pilots - barely out of boyhood - stand between Britain and a Nazi invasion . . . Duty Calls: Battle of Britain, throws you deep into the heart - and horror - of Britain's darkest, and finest, hour. ** Historian James Holland is the bestselling author of the Jack Tanner adult war fiction books. Duty Calls is his first series for younger readers, and showcases his expertise on the Second World War. ** James Holland presented Battle of Britain: The Real Story on BBC2.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Battle Of Britain

Author : Patrick Bishop
ISBN : 9781623653767
Genre : History
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The Battle of Britain is the epic story of the fight for control of the skies over England in the bitterly long summer of 1940. Bestselling author Patrick Bishopâ??s compelling day-to-day chronicle is enhanced with eye-witness accounts, diary extracts and pilot profiles, as the horrific reality of air combat is vividly portrayed in this account of the life and death struggle between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe. This is the story Britainâ??s "finest hour," a fight for national survival that had a profound impact on servicemen and civilians alike, and ultimately proved to be a key a turning point in the course of the war.
Category: History