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Battle of Britain Attack of the Eagles (ePub)

13 August 1940 – 18 August 1940

Aviation > Pilots Aviation > WWII > Battle of Britain P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century WWII

By Dilip Sarkar MBE
Imprint: Air World
File Size: 7.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781399057936
Published: 2nd May 2024

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In this unprecedented series exploring the big story of the Battle of Britain, renowned historian Dilip Sarkar investigates the wider context and intimate details of the epic aerial conflict in the summer of 1940 from all sides. In so doing, he gives due acknowledgement to the roles of Bomber and Coastal Commands in addition to the fabled Few of Fighter Command.

This unique narrative draws upon a lifetime of research, the author having enjoyed a long relationship with survivors and the relatives of casualties; his innumerable interviews and first-hand accounts collated, in addition to privileged access to personal papers, providing essential human interest to this inspirational story.

In this the third volume, Battle of Britain: Attack of the Eagles, Dilip continues to examine the fighting on a day-by-day, combat-by-combat basis between 13 and 18 August 1940. This period began on ‘Eagle Day’ and the start of the Luftwaffe’s ‘Eagle Attack’ on Fighter Command.

This period of intense fighting saw the defeat of the much-vaunted Stuka dive-bomber and the great attack on north-east England on 15 August 1940. It was during the aerial combats the following day that Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson’s Victoria Cross winning action took place over Southampton. All of these actions, and many others, are critically analysed.

Through diligent research, combined with crucial official primary sources and personal papers, Dilip unravels many myths, often challenging the accepted narrative. This is not simply another dull record of combat losses and claims – far from it. Drawing upon unique first-hand accounts from a wide-range of combatants and eyewitnesses, along with Daily Home Intelligence Reports and numerous other primary sources, this book forms part of what is likely to be the first and last such comprehensively woven account of this epic air battle.

'What an amazing book! It arrived during the week, and I have read the section on the August 16th 1940 and my uncle's VC action several times already. I think you have done a great job pulling together all the references and have given a very balanced account. The Luftwaffe document you discovered in that American archive casts a whole new light on whether there were Bf 110s in the area, as "Nick" himself reported but which has more recently been dismissed by researchers. The nature of these things is that new information continues to surface, often changing and challenging the long-held narrative, and this forensic reconstruction of that day's events are the most detailed ever likely to be presented - a fascinating read!'

Jim Nicolson, nephew of the Battle of Britain VC, Wing Commander JB Nicolson VC DFC

"Even if you feel you know all you need to know about the pivotal battle - The RAF's finest moment - Dilip Sarkar will show you so much more...brilliant stuff."

Pilot magazine - June 2024

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About Dilip Sarkar MBE

Dilip Sarkar has now written over sixty well-received books. Having enjoyed a privileged relationship with many of The Few, he is a globally acknowledged expert on the Battle of Britain, currently working on a career-topping eight volume official history for The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and National Memorial to The Few. Described by the late Dr Gordon Mitchell, son of the Spitfire’s designer RJ Mitchell, as an ‘aviation detective’, Dilip Sarkar did actually begin his professional life as just that – a police detective. His evidence-based approach and ability to discover new material is well-known – in 2023, for example, he was responsible for having Air Chief-Marshal Sir Keith Park, a New Zealander, officially recognised as one of The Few. Made an MBE for ‘services to aviation history’ in 2003, Dilip was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2006, achieved First Class Honours in Modern History as a mature student in 2010, and in 2024 was made both a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and member of London’s Royal Air Force Club. During his long career, Dilip has exhibited and spoken internationally at such prestigious venues as Oxford University, the RAF Museum, IWM Museum, and Airborne Museum, Oosterbeek; he has worked on many TV documentaries, on and off screen, again internationally, and has an engaging presence on YouTube and Facebook in particular.

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