To say that I was impressed by this book is something of an understatement... In short the author has been able to weave together in a very convincing and documented way a series of threads that did not completely fit in the canonical version of the Battle of Britain. Yes because, when reading most of the books devoted to the BoB, a series of ill-fitting events continuously and annoyingly pop-up: the limited extent of Luftwaffe raids for instance, the lack of German narratives of the BoB as an organised attempt to destroy RAF air power, the lack of conviction from OKW and Hitler himself about Seeloewe, the Germans'supposed mistake of devoting themselves to bombing London after having almost succedeed to smash RAF. In this excellent book all these issues find finally a convincing explanation, that some people may find disturbing our not acceptable at all, as it diverges and conflicts widely with the official narrative of the BoB. I find this a courageous book as I can imagine that the Guardians of the Memory, as we call in my country people refusing even to consider that events might have been different from what they have been traditionally told, must have risen up in arms to defend the official view of the BoB. Their problem is that this version is perfectly plausible and makes everything click together wonderfully. Unfortunately it seems like modern nations and governments and often the majority of official historians are ill at ease with any attempt to provide original interpretations of problematic occurrances, choosing instead to consider them as challenges to their long accepted version of events.
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