The RAF in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain

A Reappraisal of Army and Air Policy 1938-1940

Greg Baughen

The full story behind the RAF's victories and defeats in 1940 in France and Britain.
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
40 black & white photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555255
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In May 1940, the German Army and the Allied forces they faced were fairly evenly matched. Two months later Britain was on her own, hopelessly outnumbered and facing imminent defeat. Should the RAF have done more to support the Allied armies in France? Could the RAF have protected the British Army better at Dunkirk? How narrow was the margin of victory in the Battle of Britain? Was the RAF ready to deal with an invasion? Why were hundreds of American combat planes and experienced Polish and Czech pilots never used? All these questions and more are answered in Greg Baughen's third book in the series. Baughen describes the furious battles between the RAF and the Luftwaffe and the equally bitter struggle between the Air Ministry and the War Office- and explains how close Britain really came to defeat in the summer of 1940.

About The Author

Greg Baughen was educated at Sussex University where he obtained a degree in Mathematics. In a varied teaching career, he has taught Maths and English as a Foreign Language, to children and adults, in Britain and abroad. His interest in military aviation was sparked at a very early age by curiosity over the defeat of British and French air forces in the Battle of France in 1940. For forty years, he has delved though public archives in Britain and France seeking explanations. The quest has taken him back to the origins of air power in both countries and forwards to what might have been in the Cold War. He then set to work writing a definitive history of air power in both countries.


“This really an amazing and detailed publication of the perilous time the RAF and the English people faced during 1940… This is an excellent work of history. For those aircraft and history buffs interested in the early part of World War II air battles this book will offer a wealth of information. It was extremely interesting to read about the various theories of combating Nazi aggression early in the war. I recommend this book as a very enjoyable and informative read.”


“An interesting account of a period in the war that is well known, but which tackles aspects of it which are far less well known... intriguing... an interesting take on the whole topic.”

- Military Model Scene, March 2017

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