Endorsed by the Imperial War Museum, this is a comprehensive history of Spitfire Summer, featuring dramatic first-hand accounts from Battle of Britain pilots.
In the summer 1940 Britain stood alone as Nazi Germany was swiftly tightening its grip on Europe. Hitler's forces appeared to be invincible, having swept through Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Invasion seemed inevitable as the Fuhrer's eyes turned to Britain, isolated against the might of fascism. But Hitler reckoned without the indomitable will and spirit of the British people and their leader, Winston Churchill.
Spitfire Summer is the story of that extraordinary time: packed full of unique material and first-hand accounts from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, it tells of the men and women who won the Battle of Britain in that fateful summer, at home and in the air.
Malcolm Brown, formerly a distinguished television documentary director, has been a freelance historian at the Imperial War Museum since 1989. He has written a substantial list of books including The Imperial War Museum Book of the Western Front, The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme and Verdun 1916. His latest books are Tommy Goes to War, The Last of the Ebb: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918 with Sidney Rogerson and Lawrence of Arabia: Selected Letters. He lives in Ruscombe in Reading.
Table Of Contents:
Foreword • Personal Prologue • The Hour, The Man, The Weapon • Operation Sicklecut: Defeat in Europe • Operation Dynamo: Escape from Dunkirk • "If necessary, alone" • "Go to it" • Waiting for the Enemy • Battle in the Skies • When the Bomber got Through • "In Peril on the Sea" • Blitz and Closedown • Postscript: Ottawa, Winter 1941 • Maps • Abbreviations and codenames • Chronology • Acknowledgements • Notes and sources • Bibliography • Index of Contributors • Index.
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