ISBN 9780753522288,Last of the Few

Last of the Few


Max Arthur


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Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9780753522288

ISBN-10 0753522284

Paper Back

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)

British & Irish history: Second World War

After the fall of France to the German army in May 1940, Hitler set his sights on the invasion of Britain. Within weeks he had a vast battle fleet ranged along the French coast. But his biggest obstacle was the small and under-resourced Royal Air Force - Hitler knew that he must gain control of the skies if his fleet was to stand a chance of crossing successfully.

And so began the Battle of Britain: thirteen terrifying weeks which saw 2,500 young RAF pilots pitted against the larger and more experienced German forces of the Luftwaffe high above the English channel.

Despite being vastly outnumbered, by October the multiple daily sorties and vicious dogfights were over, the Germans slunk behind their lines and a British victory was assured.

More than a fifth of the British pilots died during the Battle of Britain. The remaining veterans are all in their eighties and nineties. In Last of the Few: Final Words from the Battle of Britain Pilots, leading oral historian Max Arthur has interviewed more than twenty veterans of that short but hugely significant battle. They tell of their experiences in their own words, their memories undimmed by the passage of time, and their stories as riveting, as vivid and as poignant as they were almost seventy years ago.

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