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The Battle of Britain

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The Battle of Britain offers an in-depth assessment of the situation leading up to the summer of 1940, the strategies employed by the adversaries and the brutal aerial battle itself. In 1940 Britain was an island under siege. The march of the Nazi war machine had been unrelenting: France and Belgium had quickly fallen and now the British Empire and the Commonwealth stood alone to counter the grave threat. However, their fate would not be decided by armies of millions but by a small band of fighter pilots. It was ...

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Overview

The Battle of Britain offers an in-depth assessment of the situation leading up to the summer of 1940, the strategies employed by the adversaries and the brutal aerial battle itself. In 1940 Britain was an island under siege. The march of the Nazi war machine had been unrelenting: France and Belgium had quickly fallen and now the British Empire and the Commonwealth stood alone to counter the grave threat. However, their fate would not be decided by armies of millions but by a small band of fighter pilots. It was on their shoulders that Britain's best chance of survival rested. Above the villages and cities, playing fields and market towns, the skies of southern England were the scene of countless dogfights as the fledgling Fighter Command duelled daily against the might of the Luftwaffe.

Lavishly illustrated with photographs, contemporary art and posters, and accompanied by numerous first-hand accounts, this is a volume that captures the reality of a defining chapter in British history.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

"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

"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.com

"...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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472808721
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/21/2015
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 200

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 Head Office, Kate is the Publisher for the General Military list.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) tells the stories of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War. Our unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, help to tell the stories of people's spirit, resilience, creativity and innovation in the face of adversity. The author lives in Oxford, UK.

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