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The Battle of France Then and Now [Hardcover]

Peter D. Cornwell
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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: After the Battle (15 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870067657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870067652
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Volume 3 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a book that can rival, or compliment, the other volumes on the Blitz and Battle of Britain. The Battle of France as a subject has suffered for years in the wake of the Battle of Britain for the sole reason, France was a defeat. This book puts the French campaign into context, puts it where it should be as an account of a battle and its place in history. There is no glorification of war it is, like its companion volumes, written in diary format, day by day.

A book so wide ranging has its minor faults and mistakes but, they are not many considering the subject matter. The book, like its companions, is well illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and diagrams. If the book has a fault it may be because it dwells on one or two high profile personalities maybe at the expense of others who were less known. If you want to know what the Battle of France was like then read this. If you are a general reader interested in the air war then you will not be disappointed in this book it is a lasting memory and tribute to those, of both sides, who fought and died in the air war that was the Battle of France.
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I was at once struck by the superb production standards of this huge book: it is a triple column affair printed on gloss paper and its content is a work of great dedication. It begins with an account of the 'phoney war': this is some 60 pages long and that would be more than 200 pages in a 'normal' size book. There are many personal stories here since bringing the war down to a human level is indeed the main purpose of this work.

The descriptions of the air forces are rather brief, and I would have liked a more comprehensive coverage of the aircraft themselves. Next, the 46 day campaign in France is covered day by day: there is a concise summary of each days activity, followed by detail of every sortie and every aircraft and personnel loss. There are numerous photographs, though these are mainly of wrecked aeroplanes and I would have liked a few more of other things and people. The maps have mostly been copied from original documents: that makes them 'authentic', but they are not always easy to 'read'.

The role of the RAF receives more attention than that of the Armee de l'Air, though I suppose this is to be expected in a British book - certainly there are a great many photographs showing wrecked Hawker Hurricanes. Having said that, the British role in the air campaign was clearly much greater than I had previously supposed, both involving the squadrons based in France and others, especially bombers, flying over from England.

This is not a book you can simply sit down to read from cover to cover, but nor is it just a work of reference. The reader has to decide how to tackle it. You may decide to read all the daily summaries first and cover the individual details separately, or perhaps pick out individual days in the campaign as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of France Then and Now 18 Mar 2011
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the authors and publishers have put together the definative history of the Battle of France in 1940. they have managed to unearth combat reports, photos etc to give a day-by-day account of events as the German forces swept through France and the Low countries to occupy Europe.A reference work that you will return to time after time
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY GREAT, A MUST HAVE 14 July 2014
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What can you so what as not been said. SIMPLY GREAT, A MUST HAVE!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MICKT T 20 Dec 2013
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ANOTHER EXCELLENT BOOK IN THE SERIES I NOW HAVE ALL THE SERIES THEY SEEM EXPENSIVE BUT ARE WELL WORTH IT
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