The Battle of Britain New Perspectives Behind the Scenes of the Great Air War
Ray , John
Arms and Armour
Geschiedenis & Politiek
Mitchell , Jim
Geb. met so. 1994 Tweede wereldoorlog nieuwstaat
Beschrijving: ITen out of ten for this behind the scenes look at what went on in Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, and congratulations to Dr John Ray for many months of researching to not only bring to light many instances that had not been told before, but to elaborate further on many issues that other historians had mentioned only briefly. This book is compelling reading because we are enlightened of new facts that have come to light. It is well written and at most times is easily understood as it does become technical in places. This hard covered, 222 page book with 32 excellent photographs is a must for the serious and advanced researcher who needs to go deeper than normalnIn the summer of 1940 Britain stood alone, exhausted by the Wehrmacht and in a poor position to prevent an invasion, only the RAF and the English channel stood between Britain and the Germans.
Into the spotlight stepped Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding. Fighting with limited resources and always with the knowledge that the Air staffs were reluctant to prolong his period of command, in fact he was dismissed once the Battle was won.
The full story presented here shows the extent of a victory gained in spite of differences between him and the Air Ministry, which at times threatened to prejudice the outcome of the actual Battle of Britain. The clash of personalities and personal conflicts embroiled within the RAF, had a major impact on strategy and tactics. This is a remarkable insight into the controversies surrounding the darkest days of 1940.