Britain's Air Defences 1939-45

Britain's Air Defences 1939-45

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By (author) Dr. Alfred Price, Illustrated by Darko Pavlovic

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 244mm x 8mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841767107
  • ISBN 13: 9781841767109
  • Illustrations note: 55 b&w illustrations, 8 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 684,379

Product description

German daylight raids on Britain began in the summer of 1940. They were expected and the country had been preparing for quite some time. Searchlights were in place, Fighter Command had been expanded, and anti-aircraft guns were being manufactured. It was from these first preparations that Britain developed tactics to counter the many air raids over the following years. This book shows how Britain prepared for air raids in the run up to the war and details all the tactics that were developed during the war to counter the many aerial attacks. Among the defence systems included are anti-aircraft guns, barrage balloons and the Meacon system.

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Author information

Dr Alfred Price served as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force, where he was a crewman on Vulcan bombers and specialised in electronic warfare and air fighting tactics. In a military flying career spanning fifteen years he logged over 4,000 flying hours. He left the service in 1974 and since then has been a full-time writer on aviation subjects. He is author of 46 books and more than 200 magazine articles. He holds a PhD in history from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Review quote

."..an excellent book, very well balanced and unusually well written, as might be expected from the author of numerous books on air warfare... For those interested in exactly how Britain was saved from what seemed like overwhelming German air power, in a concise and readable form with excelltn artwork, this book is highly recommended." -Bolling Smith, "The Coast Defense Journal" (February 2008)

Table of contents

Preparations; the battle begins; countering the night raid; the robot attack.