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.
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.