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Battle of Britain (Commemorative magazine)

The Fight for the Sky Seventy Years On

WWII Aviation British History Battle of Britain World War Two Aviation

By Roni Wilkinson
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
ISBN: 9781848844544
Published: 24th June 2010

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The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940.

The Germans needed to control the English Channel to launch their invasion of Britain. To control the Channel the Germans needed control of the air. This meant that they had to take on Fighter Command, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, of the Royal Air Force.

At the start of the war, Germany had 4,000 aircraft compared to Britain's front-line strength of 1,660. The main fighter planes of the RAF were the Spitfire and the Hurricane.

Britain had a number of advantages over the Luftwaffe. Britain had RADAR which gave an early warning of the approach of the German planes. British fighter planes could spend more time in the air over Kent and Sussex as they could easily land for fuel whereas the German fighters could not. The German fighters were also limited in that they could not reload their guns if they ran out of ammunition.

This title will cover all aspects of the campaign from the men who fought, the aircraft they used, tactics deployed and the results of their actions. Heavily illustrated with many coloured in photographs, this title will be a must for all aviation enthusiasts.

This title will cover all aspects of the campaign from the men who fought, the aircraft they used, tactics deployed and the results of their actions. Heavily illustrated with many coloured-in photographs, this title will be a must for all aviation enthusiasts.

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 Roni Wilkinson

About Roni Wilkinson

Roni Wilkinson has worked in printing and publishing for fifty years. His published works include five fictional titles, a newspaper cartoon strip and Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks One and Two, the top-selling guides to aircraft crash sites in the Peak District National Park (co-authored with Ron Collier).

He is best known as the respected series editor and designer of the ground-breaking Pen & Sword Battleground guidebooks, of which there are now over 120 titles. He was also instrumental in the creation and development of the popular Pals series.

Now semi-retired, he is actively researching and writing historical works, fictional and non-fictional, as well as contributing articles to magazines and writing reviews.

He lives in Barnsley with his wife Rosalie.

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