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The Battle of Britain

Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940

James Holland

St. Martin's Press

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 story in a fresh and compelling voice.

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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (Chapter 1)First Flight

SUNDAY, 5 MAY 1940, a little after two that afternoon. A warm, sunny day over much of Britain, but above Drem aerodrome, a busy grass airfield some twenty miles east of Edinburgh, a deep blue sky was pock-marked with bright white cumulus drifting lazily across the Scottish headland on a gentle breeze. Perfect flying weather, in fact, which was just as well because Pilot Officer David Crook could barely contain his excitement any longer.

Dispersed around one end of the airfield, beside the concrete perimeter track, were the twelve Spitfires of

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Five Months that Changed History: May-October 1940. Jam-packed account of the moment in 1940 when Britain stood alone against the Nazi menace.
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  • 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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