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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Spitfire (Complete Illustrated Encyclopd) [Paperback]

Nigel Cawthorne
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15 Nov 2011 Complete Illustrated Encyclopd
This title tells the story of an iconic aircraft from World War II, that is illustrated with over 250 colour and black and white photographs. It takes you through the creation, construction, production and history of the Spitfire, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes moving first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew the Spitfires, including both their experiences in combat and the way of life for the RAF at that time. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. It lists sites where surviving Spitfires can be viewed today so you can go and see this incredible aircraft for yourself. It compares the Spitfire with other great fighters - both Axis and Allied - in the skies at the time. It shows how the famous fighter plane had its origins in a series of trophy-winning seaplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, and how it was developed. This engrossing book retells the story of the iconic aircraft of World War I. It goes into the heart of the action, showing what it was like to fly a spitfire in the Battle of Britain, and tells the moving stories of the brave young pilots who flew this all-conquering machine. In addition, this book lists where surviving planes can be seen today so that you see the incredible aircraft for yourself. The fascinating and informed text, written by a leading expert in the field and accompanied by over 250 stunning contemporary and historical photos, make this the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (15 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780190344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780190341
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of some eighty books - and a major contributor to at least twenty more. He lives in a flat girlfriends have described as a book-writing factory in Bloomsbury, London's literary area, and writes in the great British Library, which is supposed to be one of the best pick-up joints in London. However, his reputation is such that people will tell you he is more often seen drinking in Soho's famous bohemian watering hole, the French pub - still known to some denizens as the Yorkminster - with a beautiful young woman on his arm.

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About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne has a degree in physics and is a distinguished author of over 110 books, many focussing on military history. His writing has also appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - including the Financial Times and the New York Tribune. His titles include Battles of the Second World War, Fighting Them on the Beaches, Great Military Commanders, and D-Day: Dawn of the Heroes.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spitfire encyclopedia 4 Aug 2012
By David
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Well written with excellent photographs and everything you need to know about the origins of this wonderful aircraft.Well worth the price I paid
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 April 2013
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Much smaller book than I thought it would be and not as detailed as I had hoped. It was bought as part of a friend's 90th Birthday present who used to fly Spitfires and the book seemed totally inadequate so I had to spend more on other items to go with it. This book is suited to maybe a teenager or someone who has a passing interest in Spitfires but not for the connoisseur!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Raccomado il prodotto a tutti quanti vogliano approdondire la conoscenza di questo mitico aereo. Le immagini sono molto belle. Da avere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Spitfire lovers... 1 Feb 2014
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This was a gift for someone who loves spitfires. Read it cover to cover and then again. If you like spitfires, you will like this book. Very fast delivery too. Thanks.
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