The author of "The Provisional IRA" now presents a dramatic pilot's eye view of the campaign that saved Britain from Nazi invasion and changed the course of history. of photos.
In a sometimes painfully objective treatise, Bishop (Daily Telegraph; The Provisional IRA) narrates not only the Battle of Britain but also the development of the Royal Air Force from the mid-1930s until the war, complete with all the mistakes and misconceptions of training and strategy. To this he adds the perspective of the pilots themselves-through interviews, diaries, and letters-resulting in one of the first books to deal with the Battle of Britain without reflecting the glamour and romance of Allied propaganda. Bishop stresses that the pilots came from all classes of society, thus creating a meritocracy within the RAF, and he illuminates the role that the sergeant pilots played in the campaign. The intense training period is investigated, as is the air forces' role during the Battle for France, which precluded the terrific air campaign fought during the summer of 1940, when 3000 brave young men held off successive waves of attacking Luftwaffe fighters. The German viewpoint is also presented here, making Fighter Boys a well-rounded book. Recommended for all collections.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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March 31, 2008
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