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Battle of Britain by Simon Pearson, Ed Gorman

Battle of Britain: The pilots and planes that made history

Simon Pearson, Ed Gorman

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 14 May 2020
ISBN: 9781529378061

An original, 360-degree re-telling of the Battle of Britain through 17 of the iconic (and some less well-known) aircraft and the pilots who flew them - British, Polish, New Zealander, German, Danish.

4 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
15 May 2020

"This account of the Battle of Britain salutes the heroism of both sides"

Pearson and Gorman allow these young men to tell their own stories; they don’t intrude with overblown prose. That’s as it should be; there’s no need to embroider tales already incredible. This little book makes a useful contribution to an overcrowded field of history by giving deserved attention to the ordinary men and unsung machines that aren’t usually included in the dramatic narrative.

The pilots are all presented as great chaps, men whose deeds were not tarnished by the regimes they represented. This results in a sanitised version of the war. We have to remind ourselves that some of those Germans were committed Nazis who might have become the new Gauleiters of Plymouth or Portsmouth had the Battle of Britain ended differently.