Battle of Britain Experience
By Richard Overy
(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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