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The Battle of Britain: Dowding and the First Victory 1940 (Cassell Military Classics)

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In July 1940, England stood alone, with only the Royal Air Force to defend her against the German Luftwaffe. But even as the nation fought, John Dowding, mastermind of the RAF's winning strategy, underwent a personal struggle against his rivals in the Air Ministry. In October of that year, he was dismissed. Why? This engrossing behind-the-scenes look contrasts the battles ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by Cassell (first published 1994)
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The Battle of Britain - Dowding and the First Victory, 1940

Recommended with reservations (read on!).

The book is made of seven chapters:

1- Dowding's Position in June 1940
2- The Treat from the Luftwaffe
3- The Opening Phase of the Battle, 10 July to 18 August
4- The Development of the Big Wing Controversy, 19 August to 7 September
5- The Battle Within a Battle, 7 September to 16 October
6- Night Air Defence
7- Changes at Fighter Command

It aslo includes some interesting appendices.

The book's title is
During the battle of Britain Churchill famously said that "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Apparently this didn't extend to Hugh Dowding (the C-in-C of RAF's Fighter Command), or to Keith Park (the Commander of 11 Group, which bore the brunt of the fighting), as both were unceremoniously dumped as soon as the battle was won.

This book can be quite heavy going at times but it's incredibly well researched. It's quite sobering stuff - even at Britain's d
Frank Pellecchia
Only the English Channel and the RAF stood between Britain and the German invasion.

Detailed depiction of the carefully planned fighter intervention and the defensive strategy of Hugh Dowding, Commander-in-Chief, RAF Fighter Command. Yet, despite this victory, he was dismissed in October 1940.
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Dr John Philip Ray has taught history for forty years. In 1988 he retired from a large secondary school in Kent to undertake postgraduate research on Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding and the Battle of Britain. His subsequent book The Battle of Britain: New Perspectives, published in 1994, sought to re-examine the complicated political and military background to that most important struggle. He ...more
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