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Battle Over Britain - A history of the German air assaults on Great Britain, 1917-18 and July-December 1940, and of the development of Britain's air defences between the World Wars.

Mason, Francis K

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ISBN 10: 0946627150 / ISBN 13: 9780946627158
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Bourne End, 1990, Aston Publs, reprint of 1969 edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 539 pages, many illustrations, lists, bibliog, index. Massive lists of day by day casualties of both RAF and Luftwaffe pilots.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HALF A CENTURY HAS NOW PASSED since Britain faced what Churchill referred to as her darkest hour. Almost every nation in Northern Europe had fallen under the jackboot of Nazi Germany. Only Britain and her Commonwealth remained undefeated on Hitler's bloody path to world domination. America still slumbered in her bed of isolation. The British Army had suffered a devastating defeat as France crumbled and capitulated. And as the victorious Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht moved to their new bases on the Channel coast only Royal Air Force Fighter Command stood between survival and defeat of a free Western World.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Battle of Britain marked the end of an era, both for the Royal Air Force and for the United Kingdom as a whole. It finally ushered out the centuries-old doctrine which held that while the high seas were dominated by the Royal Navy, Great Britain could hold herself aloof, secure from any threat which might arise on the Imperial boundaries. Even the scattered bombing of London during the late stages of the Kaiser's War had not finally destroyed this myth, although it clearly pointed the way for the future conduct of war, for those who had eyes to see. The Battle was to demonstrate, once and for all, that in the age of the heavy bomber the whole nation stood in the front line.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Battle also spelt the end of the Air Force conceived by Lord Trenchard, despite the fact that it was for precisely this type of campaign that it had been preparing for over twenty years. For too long this preparation had progressed in the belief that individual gallantry and style would compensate for numerical weakness and lack of modem equipment, with the result that the R.A.F. had come to revel in the atmosphere of an elite club. When faced by the reality of the Luftwaffe, a highly dedicated and professional machine of war, these exaggerated qualities of individualism and confidence were necessarily subordinated to the desperate needs of the moment. The traditional attitudes of the Service helped to nerve Fighter Command to withstand the appalling pressures of the summer of 1940; but when the Battle was over the pre-War character of that Command had disappeared for ever, and with it died many of the officers and men who had played a central part in the growth of the Royal Air Force to maturity.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Luftwaffe paid a similar price. The planning of an aerial campaign against Britain had been so neglected, and the Intelligence groundwork proved to be so inadequate, that German conduct of the Battle deteriorated into a series of unpremeditated expedients• rather than a tightly structured sequence of initiatives. The inadequate direction of the campaign at the highest level of command took a toll not only in the lives of trained airmen, but in the morale and confidence of the most able and far-sighted junior commanders in the field.This book describes, in unmatched detail, the sequence of events which led up to and constituted the Battle of Britain and the opening of the night Blitz; it is founded on a quarter century's research into primary sources, rather than amplification of the long-discredited "official" history—which served to perpetuate a series of assumptions now shown to be wholly inaccurate. The story is told through the unfolding of events as they occurred, with the emphasis on decisions taken and actions performed in the light of contemporary knowledge and. N° de ref. de la librería 31003

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