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The Battle Of Britain: Myth and Reality

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From the award-winning author of The Dictators, Richard Overy's The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality is the best introduction available to a defining moment in British history. The extraordinary struggle between British and German air forces in 1940 was one of the pivotal events of the Second World War. How close did Britain really come to invasion during this time? Wha ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 6th 2010 by Penguin (first published January 2000)
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An excellent myth-busting work my Richard Overy, who exposes many of the illusions that Britons seem to hold regarding the Battle of Britain. Britain did not, for example, far fewer planes and pilots that Nazi Germany during the battle (British output was actually double that of Germany throughout); the Germans did not engage in mass bombings of British cities (this came much later in the war: it was only the inaccurate bombing of the day - for which Britain was equally culpable - which led to c ...more
In The Battle of Britain noted aviation historian Richard Overy has produced a concise and thorough narrative of the first attempt to stop Hitler and the expansion of German military operations during World War II. Fought from June through October 1940, Overy details the battle from every perspective and provides excellent supporting quotations from high-ranking leaders and common soldiers and citizens of both sides. From British preparations and construction a network of coastal radar stations ...more
Doug Nagel
Excellent historical analysis of why Hitler was both hesitant to and ultimately unable to invade the British Isles. Explodes a number of popular misunderstandings as to why this happened. Although highly touted, the German war machine was underproducing fighters and bombers while losing them at a faster rate because of British resolve, the limited accuracy of the German bombing campaign, and the strategic efficiency of Britain's radar, air defense, and intelligence operations. Good book! I learn ...more
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Richard Overy—author of The Air War, 1939-1945 and Why the Allies Won, among other things—is, for my money, one of the sharpest and most insightful historians writing about the Second World War. His books are clearly written, crisply argued, and firmly rooted in the evidence . . . about as far from sensationalism as you can get.

This slim volume on the Battle of Britain—the attempt of the German Luftwaffe to achieve air superiority over southern England (and thus the English Channel) in the summe
Richard Overy has produced another* superb book here. Not a right lot longer than I imagine the pamphlet it mentions at the end that was produced about the battle - that was the first to coin the phrase 'The Battle of Britain' - this is a concise, considered and thoroughly enjoyable snapshot of a few months in late 1940. A few months that have gone a long way to defining the fighting spirit of us British.

It does indeed strip away the myth and present the reality of what actually happened in that
Paul Abbott
What I knew about the Battle of Britain in WW2 was the English absolutely repressing the Germans in their fight for air supremacy in southeast England. This book had me relearn everything I thought I knew. Unfortunately it was increasingly dry and a lot of the time it seemed like the author just reworded previous details to take up space. otherwise it was a good, quick read.
A short, concise and no fluff history of the Battle of Britain. It leveled the playing field and exposed myth with facts. It took nothing away from the English peoples courage and pilots daring, and identified some misinformation on the logistics of the air battle that raged during the late fall months of 1940. Pretty much alone against the German juggernaut they took a licking but kept on ticking.
Aykut Ünal
Well-structured book with the famous "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" speech reference. Besides the tactical-strategic aspects, the author successfully touches on the sociological aspects. A bit short, but with striking info.
Very interesting description of the Battle of Britain. This was a brief study describing the build-up, battle, and endgame of the iconic battle. Overy's debunking of popular myths was interesting.
Very short, not too in-depth, but a good quick account of the Battle of Britain.
Wes Burson
the beganing is talks about the setting with the differences in between germaany and britain like germny just wants more power and set
the middle talks about how people thinks what happened and what really happened in the battle
the end talks about how the two countrys figured stuff out and they ended in 1940s
the author uses a scary and nervious tone because its war
i liked that is about war.
and i loved it because its well written
A persuasive, well-documented analysis of the Royal Air Forces' great struggle against the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940, when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany. A well written, thought-provoking overview, not a blow-by-blow description.
Kirk Bower
Very Good! Looks at Churchill's brillance of using events to his advantage. Consistantly, he plays the "we are the underdog" card when in fact he realized they had the advantages. Illustrates the driving will of the british people
Grant Kisling
An interesting overview of the Battle of Britain. I enjoyed the book, but had to rate it lower due to its short length over less than 150 pages.
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Richard James Overy is a British historian who has published extensively on the history of World War II and the Third Reich.
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