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The  Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain by [Bungay, Stephen]
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'...a serious work of scholarship which sheds new light on what has become over the years a battle (or series of battles) distorted by myth and inaccuracies...n o serious bookshelf should be without a copy.' -- Imprint, the journal of the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society

'Bungay's book adds yet another interpretation to this most famous of British ba ttles and should not be missed. The crisis facing Britain in 1940 and the way i t was overcome, should also help to put our present crisis firmly back in perspe ctive.' -- The Glasgow Herald

'He dispels the myths and kills the clichis, but concludes that the Battle of Br itain was one of humanity's finest hours...an admirable book' -- The Sunday Times

'This is the most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain that has yet appeared. The author has read prodigiously and produced some interestin g observations on the basis of original research...it puts between two covers th e gist of all there is to know and, one may suspect, remains discoverable about the Battle of Britain...this is an important achievement...for anyone coming new to the subject, this book is made to measure.' -- Times Literary Supplement

The book 'breaks new ground...claims and theories are backed up by fact so that his conclusions become logical and profound, even if some are at variance to pre vious thinking...it is one of the best books I have read on the subject, is extr emely well written and should be on the shelves of every aircraft enthusiast's l ibrary.' -- The Journal of the Spitfire Society

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'This is the most exhaustive and detailed account of the Battle of Britain that has yet appeared. The author has read prodigiously and produced some interestin g observations on the basis of original research...it puts between two covers th e gist of all there is to know and, one may suspect, remains discoverable about the Battle of Britain...this is an important achievement...for anyone coming new to the subject, this book is made to measure.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15787 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1781314950
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; Reissue edition (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136505
  • ASIN: B0071B705O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 189 customer reviews
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Many of the conclusions make no sense - for example quoting Corelli on aircraft production (where the German industry leaves UK production rates in the dust) and then claiming it would have been impossible to build 400 heavies in Germany (did you forget the Heinkel 177, flying disaster that it was?). There was zero discussion of the wider situation which meant that some events are out of context and seem disconnected. The information and the experiences of the pilots were interesting but no mention is ever made of the thinking man's light bomber, the Hawker Henley (which should have replaced the Fairey Deathtrap) , nor details like the stupidest pitch control lever on the planet that I know for a fact caused at least one fighter loss (it's never a good idea to try and take off a short grass runway with your prop in 'coarse').
I really hoped for something of a tour de force, this was more like a "tour de channel 5 documentary" or something made by the Obi Wan Production Company "true from a certain point of view".
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A fascinating struggle between two equally matched air force's employing very different battle strategies. The sheer scale of the air battles is simply staggering and all taking place 15 thousand feet above Southern England as daily life carries on below..

The map of Western Europe was determined from this titanic air battle. The Battle of Britain was really the Battle for Europe.
This is a gripping account of the day by day attempts by the Luftwaffe to destroy the RAF to pave the way for an invasion and explains how the British met the challenge

The stakes could not have been higher for Britain yet it chose to fight. The author also explores the reasoning behind the strategies of both sides .

The outcome of this battle may actually have ensured the survival of Germany as a nation. Fascinating stuff.
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What can I say that's a bit different from the other 60- odd laudatory reviews here? Well, perhaps not much, but I will have a go.

The BBC charter requires the Corporation to 'inform educate and entertain', and that is also what this book does. I was concerned about using the word 'entertain' when dealing with warfare, but one definition of it is to 'keep hold, or maintain in the mind' and that will do nicely.

Mr Bungay creates a good balance between background history, technical analysis and description of the day to day events. The truth is that to just list all the daily sorties, detail the places attacked and record numbers of aircraft shot down can eventaully become, dare I say, somewhat grueling to read, so here the author frequently stops doing that and switches to something relevant but quite different.

For example, having reached 18th August Mr Bungay diverts onto the necessary qualities of the pilots ('hunters and hunted') and then onto tactics. He also includes many anecdotes, much irony and some black humour- all appropriate in this context when we bear in mind that those young men were theirselves noted masters of all these things. For example we find the letter from a novice German pilot who shows huge excitement and appears to be having a great time- though perhaps really it was just bravado for his mothers benefit: he refers to the Hawker Hurricane as an 'old puffer'. We are then informed that the very next day he was shot down and killed- by an 'old puffer': I felt very sad for his poor mother. There is though also light humour. We owe a great deal to the Poles, who came to be greatly liked and respected. I laughed upon learning that Polish pilots Brzezina and Szczesny of 74 squadron were 'quickly and inevitably' dubbed 'Breezy' and 'Sneezy'.
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Extraordinary. Wonderful, a magnificent accomplishment great clarity of purpose defining the title. I couldn't recommend it high enough truly it is just that good
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Very informative. Provides a new and detailed perspective on the Battle of Britain
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A totally absorbing read.
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Unfortunately my copy was subject to manufacturing error in that some chapters were missing while others were repeated. In other words this copy is useless.
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An excellent and well balanced approach to the coverage of the battle. Insight from the great and the few brings greater clarity and meaning to the events of 1940
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