Duel of Eagles

Duel of Eagles

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Account of the Battle of Britain.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0552089869
  • 9780552089869

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An unusually lively and well-written account, by former RAF ace Townsend, of the air battle for Britain in which he parallels developments, crises and high-level wrangling in the Luftwaffe and the RAF, incorporating the personal experiences of surviving participants. Townsend recreates with vigorous immediacy those clays when "Action and more action was the only antidote against the deadly, crushing fatigue creeping up on us;" the gallantry of pilots (and prisoners) on both sides; London under siege and his own crossfire combats. From a pre-war period of accelerating preparations in which young Townsend and his comrades "Flying wing to wing...practiced loops, barrel rolls and stalled turns..." to the terrible zenith of the Luftwaffe assault - the author continues to note findings and speculations concerning the German failure. There was Hitler's lack of "inner feeling" for aircraft which might have explained giving the headlong unrealistic tactics of Goering full play; the London offensive which drew the fire from Fighter Command's bases; Hitler's switch from the aim of destroying the British homeland as a base to an interest in engaging Russia; and of course the incredible bravery of "so few." Townsend also contributes his view of the on-going Chamberlain controversy, arguing that the Prime Minister, authorized to buy time, yet concealed essential estimates of Luftwaffe strength from the Cabinet. With many pilot-to-pilot tributes to German eagles, it's a recall which encompasses moments of exhilaration and terror. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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