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The Few: Fight for the Skies (ePub)

Images of War

WWII Aviation Battle of Britain Aviation in WWII Photographic eBooks WWII Photographic eBooks The Blitz

By Philip Kaplan
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Images of War
File Size: 68.4 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473854437
eBook Released: 16th March 2015


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In this new pictorial history from Philip Kaplan, the perspectives of both RAF and Luftwaffe airmen are considered within the wider context of one of the most iconic and pivotal conflicts of modern history.

The Blitz, primarily the bombing of London and the major cities of Britain by the German Air Force, lasted for fifty-seven nights from September 1940 into May 1941. Life under the bombing; the perspectives of German and British airmen; the experience of sheltering in the London Underground; first-hand accounts of the horror by survivors left behind; all these voices are consolidated to great effect, providing a suitable commentary to the rare archive photography on display.

Accounts and photographs of some of the most notable participants caught up in the proceedings include; Al Deere, Geoffrey Page, Brian Kingcome, Peter Townsend, Bob Doe and Ginger Lacey.

In this book, another picture-led and
well-illustrated title in the Pen & Sword Images of War series, the perspectives of both Royal Air Force and Luftwaffe airmen are considered within the wider context of the war in the air during WW2. The blitz - German bombing of London and the major cities of Great Britain during the
conflict - lasted from September 1940 to May 1941. Daily life under the bombing, the experience of sheltering in the London Underground and first-hand accounts by survivors are all consolidated in this title, providing a suitable commentary to the archive monochrome photographs the book contains.

Stuart Asquith, Author

Part of a well-established series of heavily illustrated books that depend on the rare photographs that have been reproduced in their pages. The author has covered The Few but also provided illustration and information on German pilots, tactics and the Blitz as well as the Battle of Britain. Recommended...

... This book provides some powerful images and will add to any private library. A worthy addition to the Images of War series.


The Few: Fight for the Skies has assembled a good selection of images of the Battle of Britain from a wide variety of sources. Reproduction is good and the designer, to his/her eternal credit, has avoided the temptation to tint the images, which remain gloriously black and white.

What turns this volume into something more than a picture book is the incredibly broad spectrum of subject matter and indeed its sheer whimsicality.

Aeroplane Monthly

Very well illustrated throughout.

Military Modelling

About Philip Kaplan

Art director / designer / photographer Philip Kaplan was drawn to the derelict remains of the Second World War in England and Europe. He has photographed air bases, battlefield sites, monuments, the Normandy invasion beaches, the Atlantic Wall defences and the U-boat pen shelters. Author of more than forty books on aviation, military and naval subjects, his first book One Last Look—A Sentimental Journey to the Eighth Air Force Heavy Bomber Bases of World War Two England sold more than 80,000 copies. While he was Graphics Director of Architectural Digest magazine in Los Angeles his work was recognised by the American Society of Magazine Editors with their Award for Visual Excellence and he is a recipient of many awards from the art director’s clubs of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

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