The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain : The Jubilee History

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The victory of the Battle of Britain ranks with Marathon and the Marne as a decisive point in history. At the end of June 1940, with Europe overrun by the Germans, the Nazi war leaders knew that RAF fighter command had to be scheduled before the invasion of Britain could take place. This is the story of "the few" - the young men who fought with unsurpassed courage to defeat the Luftwaffe. They came from all walks of life, including a priceless element of pilots from the commonwealth as well as vengeful young men from the occupied nations of Europe. They endured fearful losses, but their gallantry, together with that of almost superhuman efforts of the ground crews and the ordinary citizens united the British people and caused the world to marvel.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 34mm | 513g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 40 half tone illustrations
  • 0141390824
  • 9780141390826

Table of contents

Part 1 Before the battle: no longer an island; groundwork; the bomber won't always get through; late spurt; bonus of time; surviving the storm; battle order. Part 2 The battle: British day one - 10 July 1940; Channel fight - 11 July-11 August; clearing the way - 12 August; Eagle Day - and after - 13-14 August; enter -and exit - "Luftflotte" 5 - 15 August; the assault continues - 16 August; respite and re-engagement - 17-18 August; desperate days -19 August-6 September; strategic turning-point; the new target - 7 September; "ominous quiet!" - 8-14 September; "the odds were great, our margins small, the stakes infinite" - 15 September; the scent of victory - 16-30 September; the battle fades - October. Part 3 After the battle: retrospect; scrambles; appendices.
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About Richard Hough

Richard Hough's best-known books include The Longest Battle: The War at Sea 1939-45 and best-selling biographies of both Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife, Edwina. He flew fighters and fighter-bombers from 1941 and 1945. Denis Richards is well known as an air historian for his three volume official history The Royal Air Force 1939-1945. He is the author of An Illustrated History of Modern Europe which is now in it's seventh edition with sales approaching one million copies.
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