Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain

Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain Summer,Western Europe Has Been Conquered, And All That Stands Between Hitler And The Invasion Of England Is The Matter Of Air Supremacy And The RAF Hitler S Top Secret Directive No , JulyThe English Air Force Must Be Beaten Down To Such An Extent, That It Can No Longer Muster Any Power Of Attack Worth Mentioning Against The German Advance Fighter Is Len Deighton S Thrilling History Of The Ensuing Battle Of Britain The Aerial Combat Between The RAF And The Luftwaffe That Was Fought Over The Summer OfEx RAF Pilot Deighton Has Written A Balanced Study Of Strategies And Tactics That Also Expertly Recounts The Development Of The Aeroplanes That Fought Each Other In The Skies The Spitfires And Messerschmitts And Of Radar Behind The Strategies And Tactics, And In The Cockpits Of The Aeroplanes, Are The Men Brought Vividly To Life By Deighton S Skill As A Novelist

Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929 His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force s Special Investigation Branch After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin s School of Art in London in 1949

[Epub] ➛ Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain By Len Deighton –
  • Kindle Edition
  • 337 pages
  • Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain
  • Len Deighton
  • English
  • 20 March 2018

10 thoughts on “Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain

  1. says:

    Fighter Thre True Story of the Battle of BritainRecommended As its title obviously implies, this book is about the Battle of Britain It is a general overview of the battle as seen from both side of the Channel and makes for an interesting introductory reading Those who have a thorough knowledge of the battle will find it brings an interesting perspective and a good read, but not much new informations per see.The book is made of five parts 1 Strategy2 Air Chief Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander in Chief Fighter Command3 Weapons The Metal Monoplane and Radar4 Tactics5 The resultsIt aslo includes a short selected bibliography.The author is a good writer, and the pace of the story keeps you into it all along The book goes into the most important elements of the battle, from RAF and Luftwaffe high command problems, intents and ambitions, its technical side, to the way it s been fought, up to its results As with most books on the BoB, the misfortune of Dowding is ever present, and one can safely assume Deighton is rather sanguine about this and so Leigh Mallory and Bader each get sort of a beating.It does have a few shortcomings though The most important is the lack of footnotes endnotes It s not possible to know where Deighton got his information, and as such, it cannot be considered a true histroical work This is especially true when Deighton write about the role of Ultra intercepts during the battle, refering to Nonsenses that have been written about this, without saying just what he refers to My guess is Anthony Cave Brown s Bodyguard of Lies Deighton, for example, refering to the infamous Coventry bombing during the night of the 14 15 November, dismiss the idea that Churchill was aware through Ultra of its impending occurence, explaining the horrific efficiency of the raid through a failed british attempt to jam the X Ger t guiding device that actually helped the German formations instead of confusing them That may well be the case, but good historian practice requires one to actually offer arguments to counter previous thesis Sneering hardly cuts it.This also leads to the second irritating aspect of the book Deighton write as if he was the first to do so, without mentionning previous work on the matter This would have help put his own book in perspective, but as stated above, the book, being aimed at a large audience, is really a vulgarisation.All in all, I definitely recommend this book as a quick, interesting read on the Battle of Britain.Jean Vincent Roy

  2. says:

    This was one of a projected series of twelve factual books I believe, that Deighton intended to write about the history of WW 2.As he now appears to have retired from writing we are left with just some.One of the problems of reviewing non fiction works is whether you rate on accuracy, or as a good read, or both.On the basis of both I based my rating.Again his capabilities for research into his subject shows through, excellent.

  3. says:

    This is without doubt the best book on this subject I have ever read It is not only impeccably researched but it also explodes many myths that have grown out of propaganda and are widely regarded as truths.

  4. says:

    Full of interesting facts but an oddly disjointed book.

  5. says:

    This book has the kind of writing I wish all war books had Fascinating descriptions of the planes, the weapons, and the people involved Very fair to both the RAF and the LuftwaffeI don t know if I ve ever seen such an even handed approach One of the few military histories I would recommend to a friend.

  6. says:

    The early part of this book delved mostly on the technical part of aviation and airplane design Past this dialogue one had a very precise account of the Battle of Briton Great for historical reference.

  7. says:

    Though of an exposition than a narrative, Fighter provided me a lot of meat in terms of the conditions the pilots faced, the strengths and limitations of each aircraft involved as well as the myriad personalities of men of all ranks who fought in the Battle of Britain.

  8. says:

    This covers the development of the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Bf 109, radar, combat tactics of the Luftwaffe and RAF, and the personalities of the strategic decision makers on both sides of the Channel all with an extremely readable light touch.

  9. says:

    Very detailed account of the Battle of Britain its leaders, the equipment, the tactics, and the outcomes.

  10. says:

    Great non fiction about the people who made sure the Brits won the air battle against the Nazis.

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