The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain
By the summer of 1940 World War II had been under way for nearly a year. Hitler was triumphant and planning an invasion of England. But the United States was still a neutral country and, as Winst...more
I picked up a copy of this book at the airport in Singapore a few years back and read it cover to cover by the time my plane had landed at Sydney airport in Australia. A pretty good book covering the exploits of a number of American pilots who joined the Royal Air Force and its fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain. The story is well told and the book was a joy to read, covering an aspect not normally found in many history books, again, highly recommended reading!
Mr. Kershaw writes a quick moving narrative where you the reader become attached to the pilots that served.
I'm not an expert on the Battle of Britian, so learned some new facts about the air battle and what odds these dedicated pilots were up against.
These pilots of the RAF had guts to go on multiple sorties a day not knowing in the next minute whet...more
These young men, more full of brav...more
The book chronicles the exploits of a small group of Americans who, against U.S. neutrality laws, made their way to England to fight and, in most cases, die flying for the RAF during the 1940 Battle of Britain. It was a desperate time in British history when flyers were losing their lives at a prodigious rate and each n...more
Abou the 609 squadron of RAF during the Battle of Brittain. The original seige. Story of the American Pilots who went awol from the US to fly and fight.
The book was awesome and shed a lot more light on the Battle of Britain and the American component. Learned a lot and love the personal voice it brings with it.
Kershaw is making his way to be the closest thing we have to Stephen Ambrose. In this...more