Battle of Britain: Richard Hough and Denis Richards

Battle of Britain: Richard Hough and Denis Richards

by Richard Hough, Denis Richards

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Overview

High above the warm, summer fields Churchill's 'few' fought with courage & skill against overwhelming odds - and won.

A vivid account of the air battles as well as an explanation of how the campaign developed. Fresh insights into the controversies with the aid of original material as well as recollections of many of the surviving air crew & ground staff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844156573
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 04/09/2008
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Abbreviations and Code-Names Used in Text     xiii
Preface     xv
Carnage at Noon     1
Before the Battle
No Longer an Island     7
Groundwork     17
The Bomber Won't Always Get Through     31
Late Spurt     52
Bonus of Time     66
Surviving the Storm     81
Battle Order     101
The Battle
British Day One: 10 July 1940     121
Channel Fight: 11 July-11 August     129
Clearing the Way: 12 August     140
Eagle Day - and After: 13-14 August     154
Enter - and Exit - Luftflotte 5: 15 August     167
The Assault Continues: 16 August     186
Respite and Re-engagement: 17-18 August     197
Desperate Days: 19 August-6 September     219
Strategic Turning-Point     242
The New Target: 7 September     252
'Ominous Quiet!': 8-14 September     267
'The odds were great; our margins small; the stakes infinite': 15 September     274
The Scent of Victory: 16-30 September     284
The Battle Fades: October     298
After the Battle
Retrospect     307
Scrambles     335
Appendices
Chronology of the Battle     357
Basic Statistics of Fighter Command and Luftwaffe Aircraft Engaged in the Battle of Britain     371
Higher Command, Summer 1940     372
Air Defence Higher Formations, July-September 1940     373
Operational Chain of Command in the Luftwaffe     374
Equivalent Commissioned Ranks: RAF and Luftwaffe     375
Fighter Command Order of Battle, 8 August 1940     376
Luftwaffe Order of Battle against Britain, 13 August 1940     379
Anti-Aircraft Defences: Number and Location of Heavy Guns, 21 August 1940     380
The Balloon Defences, 31 August 1940     382
Fighter Command Order of Battle, 7 September 1940     384
100 Octane Fuel     387
Source References     388
Acknowledgments     395
Index     399

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