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The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features, including cont The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features, including contemporary photographs, posters, and newspaper headlines, plus aircraft diagrams and maps. Eye-witness accounts, diary extracts, and pilot profiles bring the battle's heroes and victims, triumphs and tragedies unforgettably to life. In Battle of Britain Patrick Bishop has created a memorable and visually stunning record of one of the decisive moments of 20th-century history. A fittingly vast, sumptuous, and ambitious work on Britain's fight for national survival, no one with an interest in the history of World War II or of modern Britain will wish to be without it.


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The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features, including cont The latest in an ambitious series of illustrated historical chronicles from Quercus, Battle of Britain is a compelling, day-by-day account of Britain's fight for national survival. The progress of the battle is described in an evocative and stylish narrative, amplified by an impressive array of authentic documentary materials and other illustrative features, including contemporary photographs, posters, and newspaper headlines, plus aircraft diagrams and maps. Eye-witness accounts, diary extracts, and pilot profiles bring the battle's heroes and victims, triumphs and tragedies unforgettably to life. In Battle of Britain Patrick Bishop has created a memorable and visually stunning record of one of the decisive moments of 20th-century history. A fittingly vast, sumptuous, and ambitious work on Britain's fight for national survival, no one with an interest in the history of World War II or of modern Britain will wish to be without it.

30 review for Battle of Britain: A Day-by-Day Chronicle: 10 July 1940 to 31 October 1940

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rupin Chaudhry

    The book chronicles the events that transpired over the skies of Britain from July to October of 1940. It was the time when nothing coud stand in front of German war machine. Poland fell, followed by Sudetland and other European countries bringing a state of phoney war but when France the eminence of invasion over England was just a matter of time. Important to Hitler's mission in anhialating the Royal Navy was to achieve air superiority over the English skies. What followed next was a struggle The book chronicles the events that transpired over the skies of Britain from July to October of 1940. It was the time when nothing coud stand in front of German war machine. Poland fell, followed by Sudetland and other European countries bringing a state of phoney war but when France the eminence of invasion over England was just a matter of time. Important to Hitler's mission in anhialating the Royal Navy was to achieve air superiority over the English skies. What followed next was a struggle of mighty air forces fighting the same drudgery of heavy attrition and fatigue. This was a conflict whose importance can never be undermined. It would give the opportunity to the youth to come forward and serve ther part, it would show to the Nazi war machine that blitz could not deter the steely spirit of the britons, it was a conflict that gave Hitler his first defeat and ultimately made it possible to launch the massive amphibious invasion of the Atlantic wall to free the world from Nazi terror. It rewrote the books on air defense. Although bibilical changes have happened since then in the fields of aircraft, weaponry and radar but the underlying principles of interception and fighter controlling have remained the same. The readers might complain that the narrative was at times little repetitive and boring. Thats understandable because the Luftwaffe attacked in numbers wave after wave and day after day to breack the fighter command's back. Just spare a thought for those who had to fly up mission after mission to defend their homeland. All in all a fantastic read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hepple

    An immensely readable account of the Battle of Britain day-by-day from around July to September 1940, together with some detail of events before and after that period. Profusely illustrated, it is badly let down by many illustrations being out of context, incorrectly captioned or by having captions so vague as to be superfluous. For example, some photos are pre-war, yet are captioned as relating to 1940. Some others are from later dates – even the photo on the dust-cover is a little suspect here An immensely readable account of the Battle of Britain day-by-day from around July to September 1940, together with some detail of events before and after that period. Profusely illustrated, it is badly let down by many illustrations being out of context, incorrectly captioned or by having captions so vague as to be superfluous. For example, some photos are pre-war, yet are captioned as relating to 1940. Some others are from later dates – even the photo on the dust-cover is a little suspect here. There are instances of the same photo being repeated on different pages, one with a correct caption and the other with an incorrect caption. In at least two instances of aircraft photos, I found that 2 minutes research on a search engine gave me details of units and even names of pilots, where next to no information had been provided in the caption. All in all, an excellent account let down by sloppy mistakes with illustrations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    A good and readable account of the battle of Britain. Bishop sets the scene we'll with a narrative overview of the build up, then as it says, it's a day by day account, drawing on plenty of first hand accounts of the fighting, with background on the key figures. My only thought was that while. Clearly picking the most illustrative examples, to have followed a couple of pilots through even a couple of days would have helped make the sections talking about the demands on the more tangible. An info A good and readable account of the battle of Britain. Bishop sets the scene we'll with a narrative overview of the build up, then as it says, it's a day by day account, drawing on plenty of first hand accounts of the fighting, with background on the key figures. My only thought was that while. Clearly picking the most illustrative examples, to have followed a couple of pilots through even a couple of days would have helped make the sections talking about the demands on the more tangible. An informative and easy read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Mader

    Three and a half stars. Some inconsistency with how Bishop handles the material throughout the book--what I especially noticed was that he sometimes, but not always, tells what happened to pilots of planes shot down (baled out, wounded, returned to unit, captured, killed?), but a solid book, with good integration of some of the behind-the-scenes events. At some point I need to look through all the BoB books I own and select for myself the ones I think best . . . .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Excellent concise account of the battle. Lots of interesting things in there I'd never read anywhere else. Excellent concise account of the battle. Lots of interesting things in there I'd never read anywhere else.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Very detailed, and worth taking the time to read. Thought provoking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Garvan

    Thoroughly entertaining

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Margaret Lydia Gillett

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tomasz

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trilobyte

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ian Laurenson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erik

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Critchell

  16. 4 out of 5

    Penecks

  17. 4 out of 5

    MR

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wojciech Markos Markiewicz

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne Merryweather Dixon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hazel Mills

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pieter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Barnhart

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nick Austin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dan Shirley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Engle

  27. 5 out of 5

    Martin Hannon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Boyd

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rhodri Symonds

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