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Last of The Few: the Battle of Britain in the words of the pilots who won it

By: Arthur, Max

0753534622 / 9780753534625
eBook (EPUB)
10/06/2010
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England
199 pages
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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler's inevitable invasion attempt.

For the German army to be landed across the Channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies - the RAF would have to be broken. So every day, throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties. Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day and civilians watched skies criss-crossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain's very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer's battle.

Britain's air defences were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds 'The Few', as they came to be known, bought Britain's freedom - many with their lives.

These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. We will not see their like again.

BIC:

1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBWQ Second World War, JWG Air forces & warfare, JWLF Battles & campaigns

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