Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

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In time for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we now haveA„thanks to Swedish historian Bergstr_mA„perhaps the most thorough, expert examination of the topic ever written. Illustrated throughout with maps and rare photos, plus a color section closely depicting the aircraft, this work lays out the battle as seldom seen before. The battle was a turning in point in military history, and arguably in the fate of the world. By late summer 1940 Nazi Germany had conquered all its opponents on the continent, including the British Army itself, which was forced to scramble back aboard small boats to its shores. With a Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union in hand, Hitler had only one remaining object that seasonA„the British Isles themselves. However, before he could invade, his Luftwaffe needed to wipe the Royal Air Force from the skies. Thus took place historyAs first strategic military campaign conducted in the air alone. This book contains a large number of dramatic eyewitness accounts, even as it reveals new facts that will alter perception of the battle in the publicAs eyes. For example, the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110 was actually a good day fighter, and it performed at least as well in this role as the Bf 109 during the battle. The LuftwaffeAs commander, Hermann G_ring, performed far better than has previously been his image. The British night bombers played a more decisive role than previously thought; meantime this book disproves that the German 109 pilots were in any way superior to their Hurricane or Spitfire counterparts. The author has made a detailed search into the loss records for both sides, and provides statistics that will raise more than one eyebrow. The AprevisionistAr version, according to which the courage and skill of the RAF airmen is ApexaggeratedAr is scrutinized and completely shattered. There is no doubt that it was the unparalleled efforts of ApThe FewAr that won the battle. The Germans, on the other hand, did not show the same stamina as they had on the continent. The following summer they would show it again when they went in to Russia. In the skies over Britain this work verifies where credit was due.... 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 ... AIR 41/16. Royal Air Force Operations Record Book. 11 Group Operations Record Book September 1939a€“September 1940: 11 ... 11 Group Operations Record Book September 1939a€“September 1940: Group Controllers Instruction No. ... Bundesarchiv/ MilitAcrarchiv. RL 10/560. RAF Form a#39;Fa#39;: Combat Report. Sgt. Bamberger, Squadron No. 610. 28/8/40.

Title:Battle of Britain
Author:Christer Bergstr_m
Publisher:Casemate - 2015-09-19


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