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Battle of Britain

The pilots and planes that made history

Simon Pearson Ed Gorman



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John Murray
12 May 2020
While the Battle of Britain and the iconic Spitfire remain a source of great pride to the average Briton, it is remarkable how little is known and understood about this episode in our history.

In THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Ed Gorman and Simon Pearson paint a vivid picture of the men and their machines as the battle for air superiority over Britain is played out across the skies of Europe from western Ireland to the German capital.

They tell remarkable stories involving hitherto unknown airmen from across the world who flew aircraft that will be new to many readers: the New Zealander who borrowed a seaplane from the Royal Navy to set up a freelance air-sea rescue service that saved the lives of dozens of British and German pilots; the Swiss baron who destroyed nine British fighters in a day; the vainglorious Dane whose RAF squadron was wiped out trying to disrupt Nazi invasion plans; and the German bomber pilot who fought the last battle involving foreign troops on British soil since Culloden - before repairing to a pub in Kent for a pint in with soldiers from the Irish Rifle, who had taken him prisoner.

Illustrated with contemporary photographs of the pilots and their aircraft, and in-depth technical drawings, these are stories from both sides of a conflict that shaped the outcome of the Second World War and which continue to fascinate people in Britain and all over the world. They are full of courage, endeavour and above all, humanity.
By:   Simon Pearson, Ed Gorman
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781529378078
ISBN 10:   1529378079
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   12 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ed Gorman and Simon Pearson are both Times journalists and published authors. Ed is a veteran news and war correspondent, who recently published an autobiographical memoir, Death of a Translator. Simon is the Obituaries editor of The Times. He wrote The Great Escaper, a biography of Roger Bushell, Big X of Stalag Luft III, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton and became a bestseller in 2013-14.

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