The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

Author: Christer Bergström

Publisher: Casemate / Vaktel Forlag

ISBN: 9781612003641

Category: History

Page: 336

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A thorough look at this turning-point WWII aerial battle, with eyewitness accounts, maps, and rare photos: “incredibly well-researched” (Aircrew Book Review). By late summer 1940, Nazi Germany had conquered all its opponents on the continent, including the British Army itself, which was forced to scramble back aboard small boats to its shores. A non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union in hand, Hitler had only one remaining object that season—the British Isles themselves. However, before he could invade, his Luftwaffe needed to wipe the Royal Air Force from the skies. History’s first strategic military campaign conducted in the air alone was about to take place. This book contains a large number of dramatic eyewitness accounts, even as it reveals new facts that will alter common perceptions of the battle. For example, the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110 was actually a good day fighter, and it performed at least as well in this role as the Bf 109 during the battle. The Luftwaffe’s commander, Hermann Göring, performed far better than has been believed. The British night bombers played a more decisive role than previously thought; in addition, this book disproves that the German 109 pilots were in any way superior to their Hurricane or Spitfire counterparts. The author has examined records from both sides and provides surprising statistics that shatter much conventional wisdom—laying out the Battle of Britain as seldom seen before. Includes color photos of the relevant aircraft.
The Battle for Britain
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Mary Evans, David Morgan
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-09-11 - Publisher: Routledge

It is generally accepted that Britain was held together during the second world war by a spirit of national democratic `consensus'. But whose interests did the consensus serve? And how did it unravel in the years immediately after victory? This well observed and powerfully argued book overturns many of our
The Battle for Britain
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Anthony Cumming
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-15 - Publisher: Naval Institute Press

The book is a short review of British air and naval power from 1909 -1940 and represents an attack upon “independent” airpower. When Bleriot became the first man to fly the English Channel in a heavier-than-air flying machine in 1909, it seemed to mark the beginning of a fundamental decline
School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
Language: en
Pages: 233
Authors: Melissa Benn
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-11-21 - Publisher: Verso Books

The story of the struggle for Britain’s schools, and a passionate call for education as a public good. School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain’s education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over
The Battle for Britain's Gold Standard in 1931
Language: en
Pages: 218
Authors: Diane B Kunz
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-20 - Publisher: Routledge

This book, originally published in 1987 sets the British political and financial crisis of 1931 in an international context by concentrating on the bankers who were primarily responsible for leading the fight to protect sterling in a world context. 1931 marks the point at which the near-autonomy which bankers had
Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle For Britain
Language: en
Pages: 496
Authors: Joshua Levine
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-30 - Publisher: Random House

Drawing material from the Imperial War Museum's extensive aural archive, Joshua Levine brings together voices from both sides of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain to give us a unique, complete and compelling picture of this turbulent time. In June 1940, British citizens prepared for an imminent German onslaught.