Fighter Boys : Saving Britain 1940, Paperback Book

Fighter Boys : Saving Britain 1940 Paperback

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In the summer of 1940, the future of Britain and the free world depended on the morale and skill of the young men of Fighter Command.

This is their story. The Battle of Britain is one of the most crucial battles ever fought, and the victory of Fighter Command over the Luftwaffe has always been celebrated as a classic feat of arms.

But, as Patrick Bishop shows in this superb history, it was also a triumph of the spirit in which the attitudes of the pilots themselves played a crucial part.

Reaching beyond the myths to convey the fear and exhilaration of life on this most perilous of frontlines, Patrick Bishop offers an intimate and compelling account that is a soaring tribute to the exceptional young men of Fighter Command.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780006532040

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One of the best history books I've read - ever. And as for an insight into the grim realities for the men for whom this was their finest hour it is 'unputdownable'. Written with the pace and excitement of a novel, it combines historical accuracy with personal accounts from those on, and over, the airfield aprons . Probably the best book yet on this topic.

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Really captures the spirit of the time

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A wonderful tribute to members of the RAF who fought in the Battle of Britain. Bishop uses letters, diaries, interviews to tell what it was like to go up to face the huge masses of German airplanes day after day. He also includes the memories of the men & women who support the flyers via their work on the ground repairing aircraft, typing documents, running the plot room and more. Bishop begins the book by looking at how air war commenced in WW I and the how Germany & England prepared for the air war of WW II. Hard to put down. The famous names are here such a Bader, Townsend, Deere and Tuck but more importantly, the experiences of the less known are also here taken from their letters and diaries and memories of people who knew and loved them.

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