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Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain Kindle Edition
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Perhaps it is understandable that the 'Hurricane' should follow the 'Spitfire' because this is the general view. Few realise that the Hurricane was statistically the more successful of the two aircraft during the Battle of Britain, and had advantages over the Spitfire as the author stresses. Perhaps it was the development limitations in the subsequent period of the War that helped to endorse this rather biased image in the public mind.
This is a highly readable acount of the development of the aircraft and the people involved with the operations. It is essential reading for anyone who has even a mild interest in military history and particularly events in the Second World War.
McKinstry follows up on his earlier studies of the Spitfire and Lancaster, subtitiling the volume "the plane that won the Battle of Britain". That assertion is at least arguably correct: without the Hurricane available in numbers, with Spitfire production lagging behind orders, the outcome in 1940 might have been different indeed. But it is also clear that 1940 was the high-water mark for the Hurri as a fighter plane": after that it was used as a ground attack plane with tank-busting cannon, bombs and rockets, and in theatres outside Europe, such as North Africa, Malta and Burma, and as a catapult plane fired off merchantmen in the mid-Atlantic with no landing strip to return to!
Most of this book is about the Battle, and the role the Hurricane played. Prior to that, its development is run through and post-1940 the story is one of decline and obsolescence, at least in the role it was designed for. There are testimonials from pilots about the reliability and sturdiness of the Hurrincane, to which many owe their life. Some pilots preferred Hurricane to Spitfire, and explain why.Read more ›
There is no doubt that the Spitfire was a faster plane but it was more fragile than the Hurricane. The Spitfire's slim wing meant that the guns tended to "jiggle about" when fired whereas the Hurricane's thicker wing section provided a stable gun platform. The "Spitfire Snobbery" extended to the general public who established Spitfire Funds where communities raised money to buy Spitfires but attempts to do the same for the Hurricane met with public apathy.
The Hurricane continued to be developed and there were versions with cannons, with rockets and with bombs. It remained in service until the end of the war in the Far East where it was an effective ground attack fighter bomber.
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Another must buy boy for Hurricane and even the Battle of Britain entusiasts.Published 3 months ago by Tomás Bouzek
First class history. Very readable. Seeks to redress the unjustified disregard of a fine aircraft that downed more enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain than the more glamorous... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. W. S.
This book was bought as a present for my father who worked on Hurricanes during WWll. He loved it.It's a nicely presented book and was delivered in very good time.Published 18 months ago by C. Peace
Really well written account of the Hurricane throughout its service life. If you're interested in WW2 aviation history this is a great read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Woodburner
A really good, well written read. Provides the truth behing a lot of misconceptionsPublished 23 months ago by brianbt
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