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4.0 out of 5 stars History from an individuals perspective, 16 Oct 2013
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This review is from: A PENGUIN IN THE EYRIE: AN RAF DIARY, 1939-1945. (Hardcover)
This is a lively narrative of the Coastal Command division of the RAF 1939 - 1945 written fron an individuals perspective. It helps that the individual had access to the corridors of power and represents his access based on attributes other than those specific to the task in hand. However the coverage of is immensely readable. I kept Wikepedia and other online sources open and read the biographies of many of the aircrew and commanders involved as well as some brief histories of operations , which added a great deal of depth to the social reporting.
The author Hector Bolitho was a well known and prolific author 1920's - 1970's; inevitably there is a good deal of autobiography and sub text throughout. Interpreattion of context is needed through actual history, and fortunately that information is readily availble .
Despite having limited time available, I literally read this book over a weekend, including and thoroughly reccomed it to anyone interested in WWII, RAF and especially the battle of the Atlantic.
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