The Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited

Christer Bergström

 
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612003474
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 12 X 9 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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In time for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we now have—thanks to Swedish historian Bergström—perhaps the most thorough, expert examination of the topic ever written. Illustrated throughout with maps and rare photos, plus a color section closely depicting the aircraft, this work lays out the battle as seldom seen before. The battle was a turning in point in military history, and arguably in the fate of the world. By late summer 1940 Nazi Germany had conquered all its opponents on the continent, including the British Army itself, which was forced to scramble back aboard small boats to its shores. With a Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union in hand, Hitler had only one remaining object that season—the British Isles themselves. However, before he could invade, his Luftwaffe needed to wipe the Royal Air Force from the skies. Thus took place history's first strategic military campaign conducted in the air alone. This book contains a large number of dramatic eyewitness accounts, even as it reveals new facts that will alter perception of the battle in the public's eyes. For example, the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110 was actually a good day fighter, and it performed at least as well in this role as the Bf 109 during the battle. The Luftwaffe's commander, Hermann Göring, performed far better than has previously been his image. The British night bombers played a more decisive role than previously thought; meantime this book disproves that the German 109 pilots were in any way superior to their Hurricane or Spitfire counterparts. The author has made a detailed search into the loss records for both sides, and provides statistics that will raise more than one eyebrow. The "revisionist” version, according to which the courage and skill of the RAF airmen is "exaggerated” is scrutinized and completely shattered. There is no doubt that it was the unparalleled efforts of "The Few” that won the battle. The Germans, on the other hand, did not show the same stamina as they had on the continent. The following summer they would show it again when they went in to Russia. In the skies over Britain this work verifies where credit was due.

About The Author
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Christer Bergström has published 23 books on World War II. He specialises on World War Two and in the past has focussed on the Eastern Front. The Swedish language book on the Ardennes sold over 3,000 copies in Swedish within six months.

REVIEWS
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... hundreds of photos, it takes into account all that have preceded it and gives credit where it is due. It is, however, an entirely original discussion, based on familiar knowledge, that goes beyond anything before it. It is mature, incredibly well-researched and insightful beyond belief. Epic conflict. Epic book.

- Air Crew Book Review , September 2016

a cool design and goes together well. The translation from the original Swedish by Donald Bryant and Louise Stromback flows along nicely...a good account of it and if you are looking for an image heavy one-stop history this might be all you need.

- War History Online, September 2016

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