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    DescriptionSixty years on, the Battle of Britain still galvanizes the imagination, symbolizing all that is best in our national history. Now, Stephen Bungay has written a magnificent new account of the epic conflict, one full of surprises and unexpected human stories.


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    Title
    The Most Dangerous Enemy
    Subtitle
    A History of the Battle of Britain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Bungay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Weight: 937 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781854107213
    ISBN 10: 1854107216
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 940.54211
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010020, HIS027000
    Illustrations note
    16 b&w photographs
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    05 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    When World War II began in earnest in 1940, England found itself lamentably ill-equipped to resist invasion: 'At Dover there were three anti-tank guns covering five miles of coast.' And many of Britain's key politicians - among them Rab Butler - wanted to sue for peace as an optimistic alternative to invasion. Then came Winston Churchill's sudden promotion. His inspired and inspiring speeches in the build-up to the decisive air battle he knew must follow are only part of a thrilling prelude in Part I of this definitive account of the Battle of Britain. The hurried training of combatants on both sides and the rapid construction of new aircraft in a desperate bid for superior air power to outrun and outfight the enemy, resulting in the Hurricane and the even more famous Spitfire, are recounted here in a narrative that compares favourably with the most exciting works of combat fiction. Many of the details of the War in the Air are drawn from first-hand accounts by the aircrews and pilots who fought it, often with a self-effacing nonchalance which only serves to underline the incredible bravery of these young men who risked their lives time and time again throughout the summer months of 1940. In this book, the youthful heroes of the Battle of Britain have found a worthy memorial to their great deeds. The book is an outstanding achievement, with intelligent and copious illustration. It is only a pity that the publishers have used a cheeseparingly small typeface to print such an exciting and important work. (Kirkus UK)