The Few: The American ''Knights of the Air'' Who Risked Everything to Save Britain in the Summer of 1940 by Alex Kershaw | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

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It was the Summer of 1940-over a year before America would enter the war-and Britain stood alone in its darkest hour against Hitler and the Nazi advance. Eight young Americans defied their country's neutrality laws and crossed the Atlantic to join Britain's Royal Air Force, hoping that they might somehow help turn the German tide. They risked their U.S. citizenship

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It was the Summer of 1940-over a year before America would enter the war-and Britain stood alone in its darkest hour against Hitler and the Nazi advance. Eight young Americans defied their country's neutrality laws and crossed the Atlantic to join Britain's Royal Air Force, hoping that they might somehow help turn the German tide. They risked their U.S. citizenship fighting side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air," and with minimal training, facing incredible odds, they dueled the most skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe.

By the end of October, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of combat was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.

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We can now think of them as premature war heroes, but at the time, the American pilots who flew for the Royal Air Force before Pearl Harbor were ignored, dismissed as thrill-seeking Yankees, or castigated as a national nuisance. American ambassador Joseph Kennedy, viewing these mavericks as a threat to U.S. neutrality, tried to get them deported. But these "Knights of the Air" persisted, shooting down several fearsome German aces, and became national heroes in Great Britain. A rousing story for war buffs, well told by Alex Kershaw.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815720
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
273,185
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter and two biographies: Jack London and, more recently, Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He has been a journalist and a screenwriter in Britain and now lives in Bennington, Vermont.

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