Bat­tle of Bri­tain Ex­pe­ri­ence

By Richard Overy

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(An­dre Deutsch, 64 pages, £30) Re­leased to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain,B this large-for­mat h ard­back also in­cludes en nvelopes with maps and do oc­u­ments. It’s par­tic­u­larly st trong pic­to­ri­ally – there are so ome im­pres­sive pho­to­graphs off Spit­fires and Hur­ri­canes. TheT book also in­cludes de etailed ac­counts of this land­markla air cam­paign from pi­lots, com­man­ders, ground crew and plot­ters.

It’s a well-told story that takes you on a grip­ping jour­ney. Of par­tic­u­lar note are pho­to­graphs that show the bomb­ings and as­saults on fighter com­mand, and how the women played their part in the cam­paign.

Read­ing it re­ally brought the bat­tle to life and sent shiv­ers down my spine – the Ger­mans did come very close to com­ing out on top, af­ter all.

Au­thor Richard Overy comes across as very knowl­edgable and au­thor­i­ta­tive in his field – I can’t fault the text through­out as it is very clear and con­cise.

My only crit­i­cism would be that some of the in­for­ma­tion fea­tured on the back of each en­ve­lope isn’t par­tic­u­larly clear. That said, for those who want a ‘ begin­ner level’ overview of the topic, this is hard to beat and gives a real in­sight into the life be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the bat­tle.

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