The Most Dangerous Enemy: An Illustrated History of the Battle of Britain

The Most Dangerous Enemy: An Illustrated History of the Battle of Britain


By (author) Stephen Bungay

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  • Publisher: Motorbooks International
  • Format: Hardback | 271 pages
  • Dimensions: 242mm x 288mm x 32mm | 1,620g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 0760339368
  • ISBN 13: 9780760339367
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 365,848

Product description

Following its original publication in narrative form ten years ago, Stephen Bungay's "The Most Dangerous""Enemy" has been acclaimed as the definitive history of the Battle of Britain, a book whose authority and comprehensiveness far exceeded all previous accounts. Andrew Roberts, prominent military historian and author of "Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945," said that "The Most Dangerous Enemy" is "the best single-volume history to be published in over a decade."To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle, this classic work has been transformed into a new, large-format, fully illustrated edition. With over 150 photographs (including rare color photos), full color maps, and diagrams, and numerous sidebar features, it brings this dramatic story to life in a fresh and exciting way. Archival photographs of the planes, pilots, and key military leaders, many of which have never before been published, are accompanied by fascinating three-dimensional diagrams illustrating dogfights and battle tactics on both sides.This new edition of "The Most Dangerous Enemy" is a fitting way to mark the Battle of Britain's anniversary and will bring this most remarkable of stories to a whole new group of readers.

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Author information

Stephen Bungay is a renowned military historian and author. In 2004 he was featured in the documentary television series about the Battle of Britain, Spitfire Ace. His other books include Alamein," which has been praised as "a brilliant balance between lucid analysis and piquant detail." He lives in England.

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ARMCHAIR GENERAL ONLINE "In his book, "The Most Dangerous Enemy", author Stephen Bungay takes a fresh look at the Battle of Britain. In his introduction, he recounts growing up immersed in the mythology of the battle, his parents having lived through many of the raids during the war. His first contact with the history of the battle came through a wartime Air Ministry pamphlet found in his father's bookcase, which perpetuated the legend of lone RAF Spitfire pilots fighting off swarms of Luftwaffe bombers and prevailing against unimaginable odds. Bungay recounts how this myth began to die in the 1980s and 1990s as "debunkers" sought to tear down the myths. However, Bungay notes, in their zeal to dismiss, the debunkers missed the real story--the British won the Battle of Britain. Bungay's work captures the real story and the real people, separating fact from myth and presenting us a fuller picture of the battle. "This version of "The Most Dangerous Enemy" is an update of the first edition published in 2000. The new version is profusely illustrated with over 150 photographs, full-color maps and diagrams, and numerous sidebar features. This is an outstanding book and likely to become the definitive account of the Battle of Britain."