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Battle of Britain (1980)

A textbook on the Battle of Britain, but one with real visual quality and a collection of new diagrams and drawings and maps prepared by Len Deighton himself to bring up to date the story of this famous battle. It is in a sense a companion volume to Fighter, using illustrations and numerous black and white photographs to reimagine the battle and provide a new perspective for the reader.

Deighton demonstrates a true historian's understanding of the real story of this battle, not just the propaganda. For instance, he looks at the different factors which contributed to victory such as the development of radar, the training of the pilots and the development of ground defences.

Why it's interesting
Here, Deighton had as much impact as a military historian as he did in the 'sixties when he changed spy fiction. This book and Fighter revolutionised thinking about the Battle of Britain in a way that has not been seriously challenged since, and caused controversy at the time with British pilots, who were angered at Deighton’s apparent equivocation.

The photographs, together with the illustrations (some of which are Deighton's) are unparalleled and evoke real sympathy for the flyers who patrolled the skies in aircraft like the Hurricane and Spitfire, keeping the free world safe from tyranny. It really is a great history. What comes across is Deighton's knack for understanding how the technological details behind any army help shape its tactics and define its limitations on the battlefield.

1980 Hardcover 224 pages, fully illustrated throughout with B&W photographs, maps and diagrams. A vivid account of the Battle of Britain, clearly showing how it was enacted by those who took part, whether in the air or on the ground, in the planning rooms, or at home throughout the South of England. An effective presentation of a truly remarkable event Please click here to ask a question
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