The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

Five Months That Changed History, May-October 1940

Book - 2011
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A groundbreaking new account of the Battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland

The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. If Britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe. With France facing defeat and British forces pressed back to the Channel, there were few who believed Britaincould survive; but, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, Britain refused to give in. From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic World War II story in a fresh and compelling voice.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312675004
Branch Call Number: 940.5421 Ho
Description: 677 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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With British and French forces' backs to English Channel, the collapse of their army as it faced a German onslaught might have been a foregone conclusion. Might. But a bulldog of a prime minister, the soldiers themselves, and volunteer civilians managed to fight, regroup, and defend Britain. Base... Read More »

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Norman C. Smith
Nov 23, 2013

This is an excellent history of the Battle of Britain. In addition to descriptions of the air combat, Holland also provides insight into the command and control structures, the manufacturing and repair of aircraft, the morale of the flyers, and more; this is a well-rounded history. In addition, he puts it into the context of the naval war, and at the beginning of the book, the ground war in France. I would have liked a bit more of a summing-up at the end, but we all know how the Battle of Britain turned out anyway, so that's not a big issue. Highly recommended!


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