The RAF Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots' Kitbag (Paperback)
Uniforms & Equipment from the Summer of 1940 and the Human Stories Behind Them
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The scenes are familiar ones; the young ‘Brylcream Boys’ sat at dispersal waiting for the haunting call of ‘Scramble’, lounging in their shirt sleeves and fur-lined boots, their leather flying helmets lying limp by their side. But what did the RAF fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain really wear, and what vital items would their kitbags have held?
The casual air of the dashing pilots of Fighter Command in the Spitfire Summer of 1940 conceals a necessarily professional approach to their task of holding Hitler’s Luftwaffe at bay. Therefore, each item of clothing and equipment they wore and carried had a role and a function, be it for warmth and comfort, communication, or for fighting and survival.
All the objects that an RAF fighter pilot was issued with during the Battle of Britain are explored in this book in high-definition colour photographs, showing everything from the differing uniforms, to headgear, personal weapons, gloves, goggles, parachute packs and the essential Mae West life jacket. Each item is fully described and its purpose and use explained.
Relive Britain’s finest hour as never before – through the actually clothing and accoutrements of ‘The Few’.
This is an interesting and well researched book. Although it may hold limited interested to many wargamers it would be valuable to those who are planning either “Operation Sealion” centred games to include RAF Personnel (e.g Warlord Games downed RAF Pilot) or those wanting to bring an air combat game to life with more detailed models of RAF airfields to wage war above.Wargames Illustrated
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As well as being an absorbing read, this title is a valuable reference source for historians, re-enactors, modellers and wargamers.RAF News
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Supported by excellent colour photography the author has compiled a first class and well researched guide to the subject. A must for collectors both novice and seasoned.Amazon
A fascinating book on a subject which is often overlooked. Reading about the actual gear the pilots wore during the Battle of Britain, coupled with many superb illustrations gives the reader a feel of those times. History in print.Michael J. Patrick, author