- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 22mm | 798g
- Publication date: 1 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 1445600501
- ISBN 13: 9781445600505
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Sales rank: 627,821
The history of the Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots from a unique archive of first hand accounts. The Battle of Britain started on 10 July 1940, ending 16 weeks later on 31 October 1940. The Luftwaffe's intention was to destroy Fighter Command, domination of the skies being crucial to Hitler's invasion plan. During that fateful summer, young RAF fighter pilots, flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, were scrambled time and time again to face insuperable odds - and the Luftwaffe was, until that point, unbeaten. Dilip Sarkar has been fascinated by the Battle of Britain since childhood and began seriously researching the subject in the 1970s. He wrote thousands of letters and travelled extensively over the UK interviewing the fabled 'Few'. Over the last 30 years he has interviewed more Battle of Britain survivors than any other author and his archive is a unique collection of veterans 'voices'. In this new book Dilip Sarkar chronicles the Battle of Britain from start to finish, drawing extensively from his interviews with pilots.
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Dilip Sarkar has written over twenty books on the Battle of Britain, including LAST OF THE FEW: 18 BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER PILOTS TELL THEIR EXTRAORDINARY STORIES, FIGHTER PILOT ('This book deserves to achieve success' DAME VERA LYNN), DUXFORD 1940 ('A unique collection of rare photographs' RAF NEWS), THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC KALEIDOSCOPE ('An excellent book' LADY BADER) and BADER'S TANGMERE SPITFIRES ('A most diligent and carefully researched account' JOHNNIE JOHNSON, the RAF's top scoring fighter ace in WW2). He was editor of the new edition of Brian Lane's Battle of Britain memoir SPITFIRE! THE EXPERIENCES OF A BATTLE OF BRITAIN FIGHTER PILOT ('A very fine and vivid account' MAX ARTHUR). He is also the author of the only biographical works formally endorsed by the families of both Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader and Air Vice-Marshal Johnnie Johnson. In 2003, Dilip was made an MBE for services to aviation history, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Worcester.
LADY BADER: 'Over the last 30 years Dilip Sarkar has sought out and interviewed or corresponded with numerous survivors worldwide. Many of these were not famous combatants, but those who formed the unsung backbone of Fighter Command in 1940. Without Dilip's patient recording and collation of their memories, many of these survivors would not have left behind a permanent record of their experiences.' GEORGE 'GRUMPY' UNWIN, Battle of Britain fighter ace: 'Dilip knows more about me and the pilots with whom I flew during the Battle of Britain than we do! If anyone ever needs to know anything about the RAF during the summer of 1940, don't ask the Few, ask him!'. PETER TOWNSEND, Battle of Britain fighter ace: 'Dilip Sarkar understands perfectly the mysteries of air tactics and strategy, enabling him write authoritatively, lively and deeply touching stories of those days when friend and foe met in the air'. HUGH SEBAG MONTEFIORE, author of Dunkirk: 'A well-researched, detailed chronicle of the Battle of Britain - written by the men who fought so bravely to repulse the German raiders'.
Table of contents
Foreword by Lady Bader Author's Note Prologue 1. Opening Shots: 10 July - 12 August 2. Adlerangriff: 13 August - 18 August 3. Target No 11 Group: 19 August - 6 September 4. Nemesis: 7 September - 30 September 5. Survival: 1 October - 31 October Epilogue Acknowledgements Bibliography List of Illustrations Index