Spitfire vs Bf 109: Battle of Britain

Spitfire vs Bf 109: Battle of Britain

Paperback Duel

By (author) Tony Holmes

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 244mm x 6mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846031907
  • ISBN 13: 9781846031908
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 350,735

Product description

This book will explain what it felt like to be a fighter pilot during those crucial moments of the Battle of Britain flying some of the most iconic planes to have ever graced the skies during a combat when both man and machine were tested to the limit. This volume details the pilots' training, British and German tactics, and the development of the models that were in use at the time - the Spitfire Mk I/II and the Bf 109E. The key elements of both aircraft types are also explored through the first-hand accounts from the men who strapped themselves into these now-legendary machines and became embroiled in the world's first major aerial battle.

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Author information

Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Asia and Australia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series in 1994. The author lives in Kent, UK.

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"With a wealth of first-hand accountsfrom the veterans who strapped themselves into these legendary machines as well as illustrations and cockpit-view artwork, this book puts the reader in the midst of a dogfight, providing a unique insight into one of the greatest duels of history in the world's first major aerial battle." -"Flying Models "(April 2008) "Tony Holmes' "Spitfire vs. BF 109: Battle of Britain" uses first-hand accounts from veterans who flew the planes to chart strategy, narrowing the focus to reconaissance units and analyzing their procedures." "-The California Bookwatch" (January 2008) "Tony Holmes covers all these salient features; design and development, technical specs, strategic situtation, the combatants, and a selection of combats that took place between the two... In all, an excellent addition to what is sure to become a popular series. I know you will enjoy it as much as I did." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com "(November 2007)