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This review is from: The Battle of Britain (Hardcover)
This is an all right sort of a book. If you want more on the actual "Battle of Britain", ie the air battle, then try some of the other innumerable volumes on the subject. If you want something on the blitzkrieg or Dunkirk, equally look elsewhere. (Deighton and Sebag-Montefiore for example. If you want more about the British navy's role in 1940 try Derek Robinson. If you want more on the German side of things try Kershaw et al. The point I am making is that this is a reasonable amalgam of many different strands that ultimately led to the air battles of late summer 1940. In many ways the best thing about the book is the bibliography which is extensive and reading a few of those will expand your knowledge of these epic events far more than this one will - which is only to be expected I suppose. One annoying feature of this book is the large number of repetitions that occur. We are told three separate times that the masts in southern England were radar masts, three times (twice in one page) that Stukas had to release their bombs at 500metres rather than the more usual 700m when attacking ships, and how many maps of the last days of the BEF do we need? Much better editing required methinks, in fact I get the impression that this has been rushed through too much with the 70th anniversary of the Battle in mind.
So all in all, this is a bit of a mixed bag, good intentions let down by too much extraneous detail but very readable none the less. Wait for the paperback would be my advice.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2010, 18:55:21 BST
Alfred Patterson says:
If you really want to know about the role of the Royal Navy in the prevention of invasion, you should get hold of a copy of a book called 'Hitler's Armada' It is a recent book (2008, I believe), and it is superb!
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