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On 18 June 1940 Churchill declared in the House of Commons - 'The Battle of France is over... the Battle for Britain is about to begin'. With the fall of France Great Britain was Hitler's last remaining stepping-stone to European domination. In July Hitler told his commanders to prepare for the invasion of England. To do this they would have to destroy the RAF - Britain's last line of defence. As such the Battle of Britain was without doubt one of, if not the, most important victories in British history.
The Battle of Britain is the story of that battle: the machines which took to the air; the tactics employed by each side; gripping accounts of the action; the people who took part from the Commanders, to the pilots, to ground crew and plotters. Fascinating facsimile documents brings this great battle to life as never before.
Richard Overy, Professor of History, University of Exeter, is a world-renowned historian and an expert on the history of the Second World War, air warfare and the Hitler and Stalin dictatorships. He has won five prizes for his published work, including in 2005 the Wolfson prize for History. He is the author or Carlton's landmark Second World War Experience four-part series in association with the Imperial War Museum and The Battle of Britain Experience, in association with the RAF. He is a regular contributor to the Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian.
Table Of Contents:
First Battle of Britain, 1917-18 • Air Defence between the Wars • Fighter Command, 1940 • The Luftwaffe, 1940 • Dowding versus Goering • Hitler turns to Britain, July 1940 • The Battle Begins, June-August 1940 • The Spitfire and the Hurricane • Detecting the Enemy • Adlertag (Eagle Day), 13 August 1940 • The Assault on Fighter Command, August 1940 • Women in the Battle • Biggin Hill, 30 August 1940 • The Other Battle: German Attacks from Norway • Churchill and the 'Few' • The Pilots • The Commanders • Americans in Fighter Command • Allies in Fighter Command • The Bombing of London, 7 September 1940 • Battle of Britain Day • Defeat of the Day Bombers, September 1940 • Big Wings • Sealion Postponed • The Night Blitz, September 1940 - May 1941 • The Costs of Battle • Remembering the Battle.