The Battle of Britain: Dowding and the First Victory [NOOK Book]

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July 1940: as Britain stood alone, the Army exhausted and defeated by the Wehrmacht and the Roval Navy, stretched worldwide, only the English Channel and the RAF remained between Britain and the expected German invasion. But the Luftwaffe's ill-prepared and last-minute assault on the RAF was met by a carefully planned system of fighter intervention, the defensive strategy devised by Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, RAF Fighter Command. Dowding fought and won Britain's most vital victory, the Battle of Britain. ...
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The Battle of Britain: Dowding and the First Victory

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July 1940: as Britain stood alone, the Army exhausted and defeated by the Wehrmacht and the Roval Navy, stretched worldwide, only the English Channel and the RAF remained between Britain and the expected German invasion. But the Luftwaffe's ill-prepared and last-minute assault on the RAF was met by a carefully planned system of fighter intervention, the defensive strategy devised by Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, RAF Fighter Command. Dowding fought and won Britain's most vital victory, the Battle of Britain. Yet he was dismissed in October 1940. Why?

The full story of Dowding's struggle to victory is revealed in this masterly new study by Second World War historian John Ray. Dowding was under daily attack from rivals in the RAF and at the Air Ministry, who wanted a different approach to air defence, despite the severity of the threat and Dowding's success. John Ray tracks the course of the Battle and the internal arguments that threatened Dowding's position and RAF supremacy; this new perspective, matching the ebb and flow of bitter argument in the corridors of power with the drama of war in the air, makes for an engrossing study in RAF history and reveals the truth behind the Battle of Britain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909270756
  • Publisher: eBookPartnership.com
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 853,161
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Dr John Ray has taught history for forty years. In 1988 he retired from a large secondary school in Kent to undertake postgraduate research on Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding and the Battle of Britain. His subsequent book The Battle of Britain: New Perspectives, published in 1994, sought to re-examine the complicated political and military background to that most important struggle. He is author of more than thirty earlier books, mostly for secondary school students preparing for examinations.
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