With Wings Like Eagles

With Wings Like Eagles

A History of the Battle of Britain

Book - 2009
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Michael Korda takes the reader back to the summer of 1940, when fewer than 3000 young fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force--often no more than 900 on any given day--stood between Hitler and victory. Korda traces the entire complex web of political, diplomatic, scientific, industrial, and human decisions during the 1930s that led inexorably to the world's first, greatest, and most decisive air battle. He deftly interweaves the critical strands of the story--the invention of radar; the developments by visionary aircraft designers; and the rise of the theory of air bombing as the decisive weapon of modern warfare. As Nazi Germany rearmed after 1933, one eccentric, infuriating, obstinate, difficult, and astonishingly foresighted man, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, persevered--despite opposition, shortage of funding, and bureaucratic infighting--to perfect the British RAF fighter force just in time to meet and defeat the German onslaught.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061125355
Characteristics: 322 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,24 cm.


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bibliotechnocrat Dec 10, 2015

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," Winston Churchill. This quick read delivers the various components that went into the winning of the Battle of Britain, where only 3,000 airmen saved the day and turned back the Nazi onslaught. Korda covers the politics, the context and the personalities that made this win possible. He focuses largely on Air Officer Commander Hugh Dowding, whose difficult nature lead to his dismissal despite his obvious successes and foresight. This book is a great companion piece to the Churchill The Second World War series (particularly book 2) providing, as it does, an alternate point of view to the great man's assertions.

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

This in-depth history of World War II's Battle of Britain draws on the firsthand perspectives of pilots, ground crews, and commanders, but although author Michael Korda details the fighting from both British and German viewpoints, he emphasises the period leading up to the 1940 battle. Central to the RAF's readiness to defend Britain was the work of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, who spent years building an integrated air defense system for England, training his pilots, and preventing the politicians from diverting his resources to France. If you're interested in the preparations that assured British success, as well as a thrilling account of the air battle, try With Wings Like Eagles. History and Current Events newsletter November 2014.

Apr 24, 2010

History viewed from this distance can be distorted by the changes in our society. This one sticks fairly close to the story from numerous other books witha few new insights that sound plausible. Well written and it challenges some of the perceived wisdom and myths from the past....

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