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The Bat­tle of Bri­tain

The Bat­tle Of Bri­tain James Hol­land

James Hol­land tells this most epic of sto­ries from a 360 de­gree per­spec­tive, draw­ing on ex­ten­sive new re­search from around the world that chal­lenges some long-held myths. He paints a com­plete pic­ture of that ex­tra­or­di­nary sum­mer in 1940, when the fate of the world hung by a thread. For Bri­tain, he says, her very sur­vival was at stake. Hol­land be­lieves the time has come to look afresh at those crit­i­cal mo­ments. He ranks 1940 in im­por­tance in Bri­tish his­tory with 1066, 1588 and 1805, when the coun­try was im­per­illed as never be­fore. We are of­fered a dra­matic ac­count of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, but im­por­tantly Hol­land’s re­search delves deep into both sides of the story in their wider con­text.

Finest Hour Tim Clayton and Phil Craig

This ac­count recre­ates the ter­ror, the tragedy and the tri­umph of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain. The events of that month in 1940 are told through the voices, di­aries, let­ters and mem­oirs of the men and women who lived, fought and died dur­ing that in­spir­ing year. The book also con­tains a provoca­tive anal­y­sis of key turn­ing points and ques­tions some cher­ished myths. Cut­ting through the nos­tal­gic haze, it en­ables the reader to ex­pe­ri­ence a time when a na­tion’s dark­est hour be­came its finest. The au­thors came to a sur­pris­ing con­clu­sion: in­ter­pret­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain had been clut­tered by wartime pro­pa­ganda. They ex­pand on the orig­i­nal mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal frame­work to set out a new un­der­stand­ing of the story.

We Re­mem­ber The Bat­tle Of Bri­tain Frank & Joan Shaw

This book is filled with sto­ries from ser­vice­men who fought in the air and on the ground, and from the men and women who wit­nessed the dog­fights tak­ing place above them. From the ex­cite­ment of col­lect­ing ‘sou­venirs’ from wreck­age as chil­dren, to hear­ing the screams of planes div­ing out of the sky, we learn how the

Few fought off the threat of in­va­sion. The au­thors re­count sto­ries of or­di­nary men and women who never lost con­fi­dence in their ul­ti­mate vic­tory in a time of grow­ing up quickly. Mary Earle of Kent re­calls a Ger­man raid, “Within min­utes our lives had changed and the child in me had gone, never to re­turn.”

The Many Not The Few Richard North

Noted de­fence analyst Richard North of­fers a rad­i­cal re-eval­u­a­tion of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain. He dis­man­tles the of­ten mis­lead­ing retelling of events and takes a fresh look at the con­flict, to show that the civil­ian ex­pe­ri­ence, far from be­ing sep­a­rate and dis­tinct, was in­te­gral to the bat­tle. This re­cov­ery of the peo­ple’s his­tory sets out to demon­strate that Hitler’s aim was not the mil­i­tary con­quest of Bri­tain and that his unattained target was the hearts and minds of the Bri­tish peo­ple. North stresses that the Bat­tle of Bri­tain was a peo­ple’s vic­tory, while as­sert­ing that over the years, they have been de­nied credit for that most im­por­tant vic­tory.

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