Patrick Bishop has worked as senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of The Irish Empire; the acclaimed book The Provisional IRA with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling Fighter Boys; and most recently the best-selling Bomber Boys and 3 Para.
Battle of Britain: A Day-by-Day Chronicle: 10 July 1940 to 31 October 1940by Patrick Bishop
The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features,/i>
The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features, including contemporary photographs, posters, and newspaper headlines, plus aircraft diagrams and maps. Eye-witness accounts, diary extracts, and pilot profiles bring the battle's heroes and victims, triumphs and tragedies unforgettably to life. In Battle of Britain Patrick Bishop has created a memorable and visually stunning record of one of the decisive moments of 20th-century history. A fittingly vast, sumptuous, and ambitious work on Britain's fight for national survival, no one with an interest in the history of World War II or of modern Britain will wish to be without it.
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This is a very good book. The Blitz is broken down by significant periods and are full of narratives of battles and significant strategy developments all interlaced with personal accounts from the combatants of both sides, British citizens who endured the bombings etc. Additionally periodically in the reading, one encounters mini-biographies of key players - i.e., Keith Park, Trefford Leigh-Mallory, etc. And don't overlook the appendices in the back. Not usually a place I find interesting, exciting information worthy of spending much time, usually. However, Appendix A of this book gives the particular history, characteristics, specs etc on each of side's major player aircraft that were part of the Battle. Appendix B gives rich supplemental details on things like rank structures of both air forces, nationalities making up the RAF Fighter Command, battle-by-battle statistics thru November 1940, etc. As I say, the appendices are chock full of really interesting additional details. I got this book at an introductory price last fall and I'm very glad I did. Makes a perfect addition to my WW2 and aviation history bookshelf. Only wish it had been avaialable in hardbound at that time.