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Rise Against Eagles: Stories of RAF Airmen in the Battle of Britain Hardcover – 15 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781550859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781550854
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,219,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Yeoman was born in 1981 and lives in Farnborough, Hampshire. He is the author of Tiger Cub: The Story of John Freeborn, DFC and The Battle of Britain: Portraits of The Few'. He has also written articles for Fighting High- World War Two - Air Battle Europe Series and Bomber Command: Failed To Return. Adrian Cork was born in 1962 and this is his first foray into serious writing. He has had a lifelong passion for history and has travelled across America in pursuit of his interests. He lives on Merseyside with his two daughters and is the secretary of his local non league football club.

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No beating around the bush here. Chris Yeoman brings forgotten heroes to life again with his book Rise Against. Pilots that never lived to tell their own story deserve it most of all. The author takes on this heavy task of bringing these sad stories of brave boys alive once again. And, he does it so well. Comes recomended.
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This is a welcome addition to the plethora of books written by and about the pilots and aircrew of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, detailing as it does the lesser-known members of the Few who nevertheless contributed to the final victory. It does not get a five-star rating due to annoying and unnecessary errors, both grammatical (incorrect use of the apostrophe)and historical, which have crept into the text and which should have been eliminated with proof-reading and review before publication. Examples are the statements that Czechoslovakia was constituted after the Second World War (it should have read the First World War) and that Franciszek Gruszka was buried at the Polish War Memorial when his remains were discovered in 1975; they were in fact interred in Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex. Nit-picking I know, but efforts should be made to get it right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RAF Airmen at War! 9 July 2013
By Mike O'Connor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Over 70-odd years ago Britain stood alone against Hitler's legions. In the summer of 1940, RAF fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain put an end to Hitler's string of victories, thereby ensuring the ultimate Allied victory. Christopher Yeoman and Adrian Cork profile some of those gallant pilots in RISE AGAINST EAGLES, a 2012 Fonthill Media release.

First off, the sub-title - STORIES OF RAF AIRMEN IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - is a bit misleading. Those stories are bookended by chapters on an RAF Fairey Battle gunner in the Battle of France and the adventures of a 617 Squadron Lanc pilot. Frankly, I don't understand the connection but it's Yeoman and Cork's call.

In any case, RISE AGAINST EAGLES details the life and combat careers of a baker's dozen BoB pilots. Aside from 'Zulu' Lewis, most - Stanley Connors, John Drummond, Ken Gillies, Henryk Szczesny, Percival Beake, Jindrich Bartos, Don Cobden - aren't that well-known. A few were aces, some went scoreless; a fair number were KIA. Their stories are well-told and nicely-illustrated in Yeoman and Cork's book.

There have been many BoB books published, especially around the 70th anniversary. RISE AGAINST EAGLES chronicles the exploits of some of those brave men who made history so many years ago. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the read. 27 Mar. 2015
By DukBUTTER - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Worst written book possible, didn't hold a decent plot or keep any attention the whole way through the book, very sloppy research done with many clear discrepancies.
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