Blitz on Britain

Overview

During the latter half of the 1930s, the fear of a possible aerial knock-out on Great Britain became a dominating factor in the formulation of national policy. This text examines how justified these pre-war fears were in light of the Luftwaffe’s capabilities in 1939 and describes the bombing attacks on Britain during the years that followed, together with the operations of the defenses to parry them. From the start, the air defenses proved able to take a heavy toll on the bombers attacking Britain by day. By ...

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Overview

During the latter half of the 1930s, the fear of a possible aerial knock-out on Great Britain became a dominating factor in the formulation of national policy. This text examines how justified these pre-war fears were in light of the Luftwaffe’s capabilities in 1939 and describes the bombing attacks on Britain during the years that followed, together with the operations of the defenses to parry them. From the start, the air defenses proved able to take a heavy toll on the bombers attacking Britain by day. By night it was a different matter. Initially, the fighter and gun defenses were lucky if between them they were able to knock out one or two bombers out of 300 or 400 involved in a night attack. From this poor beginning the defenses improved out of all recognition and when the Germans launched a series of attacks on London early in 1944, it cost them one bomber and four trained crewmen for every five British civilians killed. Blitz on Britain makes compelling reading for anyone interested in the Luftwaffe’s wartime raids on Britain, and how the air defenses ultimately succeeded in defeating this long running aerial onslaught.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752450155
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Price served for 16 years as an aircrew officer in the RAF where he specialized in electronic warfare and airfighting tactics. He is the author of more than 40 aviation books, including The Last Year of the Luftwaffe, Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939-1941, and War in the Fourth Dimension.

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Table of Contents

Prologue vii

1 More Worry than War, September 1939-June 1940 1

2 Battle is Joined, June-August 1940 30

3 Striking at the Airfields, 11 August-6 September 1940 51

4 The Attack on London and After, 7 September-1 November 1940 77

5 Death by Darkness, August 1940-May 1941 95

6 Fairly Quiet on the Western Front, June 1941-December 1942 141

7 In Fits and Starts, January-December 1943 163

8 'Steinbock' and After, December 1943-March 1945 179

Bibliography 203

Appendices

A RAF and Luftwaffe Units 204

B Comparative Ranks 204

C Fighter Command Tactical Memorandum No. 8, June 1940 205

D 'Battle of Britain Day' - the German View 207

E Operation 'Steinbock', 1944 - Goering's Order 210

F Luftwaffe Units Committed to Operation 'Steinbock', 20 January 1944 211

G Attack on London, 23 February 1944 211

Index 213

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