The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 15, 2011 - History - 736 pages
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A groundbreaking new account of the Battle of Britain from acclaimed historian James Holland

The Battle of Britain paints a stirring picture of an extraordinary summer when the fate of the world hung by a thread. Historian James Holland has now written the definitive account of those months based on extensive new research from around the world including thousands of new interviews with people on both sides of the battle. If Britain's defenses collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe. With France facing defeat and British forces pressed back to the Channel, there were few who believed Britain could survive; but, thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the defiance of a new Prime Minister, Britain refused to give in. From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, slaughter by U-boats in an icy Atlantic and dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this epic World War II story in a fresh and compelling voice.


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User Review  - JesperCFS2 - LibraryThing

What can I say other than James Holland cuts some very good an readable books? This time I was told how close Great Britain was to defeat in the summer and autumn of 1940, why she was not due to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

More detailed study than others. This may be the definitive study. This book points out what I had not considered that Churchill almost blundered severely by committing too many airplanes to a doomed ... Read full review

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In the Balance
The Middle
Part 1
Respite 22 What Next?
The End in France 24 Hitlers Dilemma
All Alone 26 Getting Ready

Inside the Third Reich
A Battle Against Time
The Battle is Lost
Emergency Measures
Learning the Lessons
What to Do forthe Best 13 New Appointments
Fighter Command Enters the Fray
Black Monday
The Beginning
Kanalkampf 31 First Combat
Peace Offerings 33 The Besieged
Hotting Up 35 Bombs on Germany Bomben auf England Part IV Battle Over Britain 36 The Wall of England
Adlertag 38 The Biggest Air Battle 39 The Hardest
Bombs on Berlin
Black Saturday 44 Summer Madness 45 The Crux
Exhaustion 48 Last Flight Postscript
Notes Glossary

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About the author (2011)

JAMES HOLLAND is a British historian and journalist. He is the author of Italy's Sorrow and multiple other histories. He lives in England.

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