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Battle of Britain (Wordsworth Military Library) Paperback – 24 Jun 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (24 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840222085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840222081
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader From... on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
The Wordsworth series of re-issued military histories is outstanding, and "Battle of Britain" is no exception. This book uses photographs, diagrams and drawings in abundance, effectively re-creating the atmosphere of 1940. My only criticism of Deighton/Hastings' effort is that the illustrations are not in colour - but at this price this is only a minor qualm and the book is well worth buying.
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By DAVE REYNOLDS on 17 Jun. 2014
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I am carrying out research for a new feature film inspired by the Battle of Britain and was recommended to purchase this book. I can see why as it explains clearly with great detail and photographs, how WW2 came about and the part that the RAF took in keeping the German's from overwhelming Great Britain in the skies above London & South East England in particular.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent read covering all parts of the
Battle with comments from people who were
affected,be it aircrew,groundcrew,leaders etc.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good overview & pictorial 30 Mar. 2003
By W. B. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an excellent overview of the the Battle of Britain. One gets the impression that this book was intended to be the pictorial compliment to the author's more in depth account of the battle 'Fighter'. Included are many photographs, drawings, charts and maps which help explain the battle on a day by day basis. The book also looks at air power and technology from 1918-1939, the rise of the Luftwaffe, aircraft designs and radar and some of the personalities involved with the battle. Included are many personal accounts from the combatants themselves that along with the pictorial content bring the battle to life. Some brief analysis is provided on where the RAF got it right and where the Luftwaffe got it wrong. Overall a delightful book which is an easy read and an excellent starting point of reference.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Easy read 28 Mar. 2001
By Matt Lehnen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great first book on the Battle of Britain. I have enjoyed many Max Hastings and Len Deighton history books because of their ability to make these subjects very readable. The book includes sections on the equipment of both sides of the Battle and keeps the book personal and interesting. The die hard history buffs will probably not care for this book as much as some because it lacks the thoroughness of an in-depth account. This book is excellent as an introduction to the Battle or military history in general.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Kay's Husband - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This 1980 book from Len Deighton is quite a volume concerning The Battle of Britain, the only other of equal stature for me was the one published by Salamander books in Summer, 2000, for the 60th anniversary of the battle, entitled THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN by author Richard Bickers.

Other reviewers have summed up many of the salient qualities of Deighton's book but one element for me is that a few years earlier, May, 1978, he had issued a volume entitled FIGHTER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN and those two books make ideal companion volumes for one another.

As with the other volumes Len Deighton has issued on WWII, not enough for my liking though, this book on the battle in 1940 will be one you will return to again and again. Whether to read or use as reference it is a book many interested history buffs will want on their home library shelves. I know I am glad I do.

Semper Fi.
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A Pearl on the Bookshelf 30 Dec. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has the hallmarks of good layout: vibrant graphs of bombs dropped or aircraft destroyed, framed pull quotes, well captioned photos or paintings, posters, even excerpts from combat reports. You will be pulled into the multi-faceted effort: Lord Beaverbrook's efforts to produce fighters, the organization of fire wardens, soup kitchens, pictures of women sewing fabric covering to Hurricane fighters at Hawker's. There is a little of everything: cutaway views of the contending planes, major figures of each side, explanation of 'Chain Home Low' radar stations around England, and the political situation.
That bears explaining. The Germans had beaten French and British Expeditionary forces, forcing the BEF to abandon much equipment in order to evacuate Dunkirk. They needed time to re-equip; until then, the Wehrmacht was stronger, and Luftwaffe bombers would soften the way for conquering them like in France. All that stood between was Royal Navy- which could be sunk by Stukas, unless the RAF could maintain air superiority. Yet England would not negotiate for peace.
Even foreigners were divided:
' Yet in the summer of 1940, Dowding's 3,000-odd pilots had been enough, just enough, to make Britain's survival possible. Almost as important, they had done an enormous amount to convince America that Britain could survive, and was worth supporting. Roosevelt's close associate, 'Wild Bill' Donovan, together with a number of distinguished American correspondents in London headed by Ed Murrow and Drew Middleton, painted a picture of Britain under siege that impressed the President and many of his people more than the bilious defeatism of his Ambassador in London, Joseph Kennedy. After a month of the blitz, Kennedy went home to resign in October 1940. Robert Vansittart, Halifax's Chief Diplomatic Advisor, wrote of him: 'Mr Kennedy is a very foul specimen of double-crosser and defeatist. He thinks of nothing but his own pocket. I hope that this war will at least see the elimination of this type.'
"Never in the field of human conflict..." 19 Mar. 2015
By Stable boy - Published on
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I don't qualify as a military historian to critique the content of the book, but I gained significant insight into the battle by reading this. It appears to be an intro book on the subject. My knowledge of it was limited to news reals from the period and Wikipedia articles. Mr. Churchill indisputably credits fighter command with winning the battle, ("Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed..") but some credit could go to Göring, who was essentially ineffective as commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe.
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