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The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

by Kate Moore, The Imperial War Museum
     
 

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Published in association with the Imperial War Museum in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this book brings one of the most important battles of World War II to life. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, contemporary art and propaganda posters, and accompanied by numerous first-hand accounts, The Battle of Britain captures the

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Published in association with the Imperial War Museum in London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this book brings one of the most important battles of World War II to life. Lavishly illustrated with photographs, contemporary art and propaganda posters, and accompanied by numerous first-hand accounts, The Battle of Britain captures the reality and the romance of a defining chapter in British history. Moreover, it offers a detailed analysis of the events immediately preceding the battle, the key strategic decisions by opposing commanders that altered the course of the battle, as well as the development of criticial weaponry and defenses that dramatically changed the way aerial combat was fought.

Moore's book pays tribute to visionaries such as R. J. Mitchell and Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding, who ensured that, rather than simply a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat, this was a battle for which Britain's Fighter Command was uniquely prepared. Such preparation nearly guaranteed that although the British were vastly outnumbered, they could confidently counter the German fighter planes and bombers that darkened the skies throughout the summer of 1940. It was this small band of men and women, covered in detail in this title, that were the first to successfully oppose the seemingly unstoppable tide of the Nazi war machine, irrevocably altering the course of the rest of the war.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Photos, wartime posters and drawings, and even a pilot's handwritten diary -- mostly culled from the Imperial War Museum's vast archives -- makes this one of the most attractive illustrated treatments to appear. The brief, authoritative text is a match for the graphics.” —Aviation History (November 2010)

“Moore does a remarkable job of telling the story of not just the Battle itself -- understandably concentrating on the most intense days -- but also the events leading up to it ... Not only that, but she writes with style and some verve.” —Brett Holman, www.airminded.org

“Offer[s] a lavish display packed with modern art, photos, propaganda posters, and first-hand accounts. Any collection strong in British military history must have this!” —The Midwest Book Review

“Appropriately released in time for the 70th anniversary of the onslaught, the book provides not only the history of the BoB, but also an analysis of events from both sides of the conflict. In here you'll find the aircraft, the airmen, the commanders, and other personalities with the RAF and the Luftwaffe. It is a superbly written book that brings everything to life. It is a book that I can easily recommend to you as one that you'll be going to over and over again.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

“...this solid offering provides background and perspective (and pictures) from both sides of the battle, all laced with apposite first-person memories.” —Gene Santoro, World War II Magazine (May/June 2011)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In the summer and autumn of 1940, Britain faced an unparalleled challenge. Forced to beat a quick retreat from Dunkirk with the German Luftwaffe in hot pursuit, the British dug in for what was to be one of the most remarkable feats in the history of human endurance. In this spectacular oversize volume, Moore recounts with notable lucidity and depth the events and characters from both the British and German home fronts during this critical moment in world history and offers an excellent analysis of prewar preparations by both sides. The most outstanding feature of the work is without a doubt the stunning visuals. The book is packed with a fantastic range of archival photos, maps, and war posters with slogans ranging from "England Expects National Service" to "Keep Calm and Carry On," all of which are well captioned. Another excellent feature of the work is the handful of sidebars offering information on high-profile participants, organizations, and movements such as Hermann Göring, the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and the Guinea Pig Club. Readers familiar with Susan Campbell Bartoletti's Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic, 2005) will find striking parallels in the level of insight and emotional resonance.—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472808721
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/21/2015
Series:
General Aviation Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
818,687
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Kate Moore studied Modern History at the University of Cape Town and completed a Masters in the same subject at Oxford University, where her final thesis was on the Battle of Britain. She has an interest in all periods of history but her first love will always be the key events of 1940. Based in the Osprey editorial office, she works on a variety of titles, but this is the first book she has written for Osprey.

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