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With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

    With Wings Like Eagles by Michael Korda

    Perhaps in the long glorious history of England, nothing captures readers of English or Military history like the Battle of Britian. When England stood alone in the summer of 1940, it was the "few" , the pilots of the RAF who perhaps are most well known in legend and fact. The fighter pilots of the Hurricanes and Spitfires who rose daily to duel with the mighty German Luftwaffe.

    Michael Korda, as he did with "IKE", brings realism, excitement, triumphs and tragedies to the men and women who took part in the 3 months that will ever be known as the Battle of Britian, in his outstanding book "With Wings Like Eagles."

    This book ranks with the classics of the telling of the heroism (on both sides of the English Channel) of the air battle to save England in that terrible summer of 1940.

    Korda takes you from the inside struggles of Bomber and Fighter Command on how to fight the air war against Germany. To the Spitfire pilot on the grass runway at Biggin Hill with sweat pouring down his flight suit as he nervously awaits orders to "scramble" for the defense of his country. You meet, via Korda's research and insight, the brave British and German pilots. And the forgotten, heroic, unknown figures such as the Wren Officers who plotted the attacks of the approaching NAZI fighters and the men who endlessly returned to the beaches of Dunkirk to save the British Army while dogfights of unbelievalbe intensity raged overhead between opposing air forces.

    As the figures of WWII pass from our midst, the famous few who defended England in the air and often paid with their lives become fewer and fewer. It is gratifying to have authors like Michael Korda to not only accurately tell their story but more importantly bring the players to life. A must read, enjoyable, engrossing and engaging.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    With Wings Like Eagles

    Great Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great World War II Book

    A must read for anyone who has an interest in WW II.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    With Wings Like Eagles takes the story of the Battle of Britain, which has been told countless times in the last sixty years, and brings it alive.

    Instead of the usual tedious chronology of daily missions and debatable statistics, Korda offers us a concise and even-handed account of the conflict viewed from both sides of the Channel. No ponderous reading anywhere between the covers. The author captures and maintains the reader's interest, tells an easy to follow story, and presents facts and conclusions in a logical, almost spellbinding manner.

    A refreshing look at a critical moment in modern history.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    an excellent read.

    Anyone interested in World War II will find this book very enjoyable. It is an excellent description of the Battle for Britain. It is very well researched and contains very good descriptions of the leaders and pilots. It also describes the German leaders and pilots. The descriptions of England an the ordinary citizen is also very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    If you're looking at THIS book, you're definitely into WWII history -- and if you relish in finding the little-known stories and the intellectual triumphs from WWII, you shall not be disappointed.

    With Wings Like Eagles puts the Battle of Britain in a whole new light -- one that other books about WWII (and History-Channel versions of the RAF or Luftwaffe) clearly miss.

    When you tell your friends you've read this book and describe the subject matter, they may wonder why anyone would read so focued a study. But despite the somwhat dry subject matter and extremely descripitive accounts of the main characters' personal traits -- particulalrly Dowding's -- this book was a page-turner.

    It is thoroughly well-written, meticulously referenced, and most importantly, it is easy and enjoyable to read: explanations of the systems and practices, technology and equipment, personalities and pecadillos, strategy and tactics are simply fascinating and the chapters flow from one to the next seamlessly.

    Highly reccommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Very good book

    Very good book. Buy it.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Good Read, Good Analysis

    There are so many books on the Battle of Britain that one sometimes wonders why there should be any more.Yet there are, and this is a good one.

    Focused mainly on the contribution of Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding, the author describes Dowding's championship of modern fighter aircraft over the heavy concentration on bomberes, as well as his role in recognizing technological advances such as radar, radio communications, and armaments, and incorporating them into a rational system of defense specifically designed for efficient and rapid interception of bomber formations as well as to conceal from the enemy the actual strength of Fighter Command. Korda discusses Dowding's political challenges and personal weaknesses, as well as his many strengths.

    He also presents a fair exposition of the handicaps posed to the German Luftwaffer by the limited range of their fighter aircraft and the disadvantage posed to them by conducting the battle over enemy territory, as well as the gemeral unpreparedness of the Luftwaffe arising from the difference between the battle faced for air dominance over Britain and the essentiallly ground support role for which it had been created and prepared to that point.

    Finally, he recounts adequately the geographical and weather challenges facing a Germany that was fundamentally unprepared for a seaborne invasion against the British Isles.

    It is a sober and reasonable account of perhaps the most stirring epic of the last century. It's only failing is to tie the air campaign over Britain in 1940 to the larger geopolitical, logistical, and military circumstances that shaped the air battles and that, in the end, cemented their success in the larger was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    With Wings Like Eagles

    This book superbly takes the reader throughout the fasinating history of the Battle of Britain. The book helps the reader ti understand the internal struggles within Fighter Command, as well as the effect that this battlehaon the world stage. A great read for any WWII fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Recommended for any one interested in WWII

    A very thorough and well presented history of the air defense of Britain during WWII - from the early days after WWI up to the end of the war. Much more than just a retelling of the Battle of Britain, it shows clearly how development of the newly created radar stations and the placement of fighters worked together to defeat the numerically superior German forces. It manages to be informative and entertaining while not glossing over the problems, egos and issues faced by the men in charge both during and after the war.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Great Read

    I enjoyed the book greatly and learned alot of new things. The only thing I didnt like was that there were too many notes at the bottom of some pages. It needed to be added into the paragraph. This failure made it kind of difficult at times. Author did good research and built the story line up to the climax. Great book.

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