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The Battle of Britain, although small in scale compared with the later fighting, was nevertheless one of the decisive battles of the Second World War.

In the last resort battles are decided by the men and machines that take part in them. I am afraid that many of us who write about wars neglect this side of it and write in great sweeping terms. Len Deighton does not. After all, if the aeroplane had not been invented, the Battle of Britain could not have been fought, and quality of aircraft is the central feature of Len Deighton's book. His brilliant analysis makes clear the technical problems of aircraft design in the interwar years. The Germans talked big and almost gave the impression that with such ingenuity And drive they ought to have won. I suspect that Erhard Milch is by way of being Len Deighton's hero.

Yet, however ingenious the Germans were in design, and however forceful in production, they lost the Battle of Britain, or to be more precise did not win it, which comes to the same thing. Dowding's[Air Officer Commanding Fighter Command] superior strategy counted for much but each individual combat in the skies counted also. Here. too. Len Deighton provides a detailed account, fuller than any previously written, of how the British and Polish pilots prevailed. Indeed, in one way or another, he explains everything that happened in those days, now distant, of August and September 1940.”

Introduction A.J.P. Taylor

'AN EXCELLENT, MOST THOROUGH EXAMINATION. I READ PAGE AFTER PAGE WITH FASCINATION'

ALBERT SPEER, HITLER'S MINISTER OF ARMAMENTS

After Len Deighton's brilliant analysis of that most us of all air battles: the Battle of Britain. Combining s vast knowledge of technology with his skill as a writer, Deighton has produced a superbly balanced account of this crucial and decisive action.

'HIS BOOK BREATHES TRUTH ... THIS IS THE WAY HISTORY SHOULD BE WRITTEN' DAILY MIRROR Please click here to ask a question
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