For­got­ten Voices Of The Blitz And The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Joshua Levine

History of War - - REVIEWS -

The reader is taken on a jour­ney through Bri­tain’s dark­est days of the war in a vast en­sem­ble of per­sonal ac­counts. We meet some of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tors in the Bat­tle of Bri­tain. Pi­lot Flight Lieu­tenant Hug Iron­side, for in­stance, voices con­tro­ver­sial views about his Hur­ri­cane, “prefer­able to a Spit­fire.” Iron­side ex­plains that you couldn’t kneel on the top of the Spit­fire wing and rearm. The au­thor also brings to life re­mem­brances of those who served in the Women’s Aux­il­iary Air Force. Ali­son Han­cock re­calls, “I bought a lot of El­iz­a­beth Ar­den make-up and it was stolen.” When she re­ported it to the of­fi­cer in charge, the re­ply was, “Get out of the room and take that lip­stick off!”

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