The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain (Hardback)
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'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' – Seventy-five years on the unforgettable words of Winston Churchill ring as powerfully as they did in August 1940 when the young men of the RAF stood as the last line of defence against Hitler's far more powerful Luftwaffe.
This emotional yet factual book describes the three and a half months (10 July – 31 October 1940) battle day-by-day and covers the essential details of every one of the 540 young pilots who died in this critical campaign that saved Britain from invasion by the Nazis.
Thanks to the authors painstaking research we are given a short biography of each pilots and learn of their actions and the manner of their deaths, their squadrons and planes.
The result is a unique record and fitting memorial of the courage and sacrifice of this select band of heroes. The text is enhanced by photographs of the individuals themselves.
This is a very useful reference about those who gave up their lives in the Battle and will help us remember them.Aeroplane Monthly July 2016
This emotional yet factual book describes the three and a half months battle day by day and covers the essential details of every one of the 540 young pilots who died in this critical campaign that saved Britain from invasion by the Nazis.Pennant May 2016
The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain presents a complete list of officers and men who lost their lives, day by day, month by month, during the battle, building a slight picture of the battle as it unfolded. It gives the aircraft types they flew as well as their squadrons, along side cause of death or aircraft loss and final resting place. Where available such details as age, family and service background have also been shared.OCAD Militaria Collectors Resources - Olivier Dorrell
Aside from being a lasting memorial it also goes further by attempting to put faces to their names and a little information about each, such as their known victories, reminding us that they were indeed living personalities and not just names on a Roll of Honour. It does make for sad reading, considering all were lost but it is a living memorial to their sacrifices.
The authors have also included a list of "Battle of Britain" squadrons, giving their call signs, codes and aircraft flown, which is valuable in terms of general research as well as aiding referencing within the book. Furthermore, an alphabetical list of the causalities at the back of the book allows quick referencing and name retrieval.
Presented in a poignant yet attractive dust cover, the book is hardback with just under 200 pages. It is well structured, with each of the four main chapters arranged chronologically, focused on a single month of conflict. The first chapters give an overview of the battle, while the last list relevant support information as described previously.
The value of this book is concerned uniquely with the personal tragedies and sacrifices made by those that failed to return, it's focus is on the individuals opposed to the aces and dogfights. It would be especially interesting to a student of history or indeed historian, and certainly compliments any Battle of Britain history or memoir that you may have on your bookshelf.
'The Fallen Few is a fitting record and timely memorial celebrating the courage and sacrifice of this select band of heroes.'Essence Magazine