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Duel of Eagles: The Struggle for the Skies from the First World War to the Battle of Britain

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Dogfights in the sky, ruthless political maneuvers, legendary heroes of the air like Richthofen (the "Red Baron") and Douglas Bader, this book combines all of these colorful, dramatic, and evocative accounts of the furious air conflicts that saved Britain from German invasion.
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Book Sales, Inc. (first published 1969)
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Andrew Herbert
Much of this is a first person account of Townsend's early WW2 experience, along with anecdotes from pilots and flight crew of both sides in the 1930s and up to September 1940. That is all excellent, and the interleaving of Goering vs Dowding's decisions, and the actions of Park, Kesselring and co. makes for great reading.

The first 1/3rd of the book was tough going. The detailed description of the politics of the RAF vs RN and RA, then the development of the Luftwaffe in parallel were not well s
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Robert Taylor
Mar 22, 2014 Robert Taylor rated it really liked it
Peter Townsend was a British fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain. As a side note, he was also the man Princess Margaret wanted to marry but was forbidden by her sister, the Queen.
Dwayne Coleman
Aug 02, 2016 Dwayne Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great account by a RAF pilot who was there.
James Boling
Sep 01, 2012 James Boling rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It took me forever to read it - it is written in narrative format rather than really "putting you into the story", so it isn't a page-turner in the normal sense. But it gives a lot of great information about air warfare and how it developed and played such a pivotal role in WW2.

What was most fascinating to me was the camaraderie that the author (a British WW2 pilot himself) described among pilots, whether friend or enemy.
Steve
Oct 10, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I can recall that I've read about the Battle of Britain. Starting on September 7, 1940. Adolf Hitler ordered the bombing of London as well as other cities in Britain. This was known as the London Blitz. The British prime minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen not to surrender and fight. I also like the comparison of the German and British fighters and bombers that were used. Some were good and others had flaws.
David
Jun 17, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the Battle of Britain told from the perspective of a British pilot who fought in the battle. It includes German perspectives, along with blunders on both sides. What was really helpful was the background on the beginnings of both the RAF and Luftwaffe. Highly recommend!
Karla Goodhouse
This is a very good account of the Battle of Britian. It is written by an English pilot who fought in the war. He interviewed several German pilots for the book (including a man that he shot down during the battle) and gives an accurate portrayal from both sides.
Matt
May 01, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
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One of the best write ups of the Battle of Britain I have ever read.
Louise
Sep 17, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing
The air story of the Battle of Brittan.
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Group Captain Peter Wooldridge Townsend, CVO, DSO, DFC and Bar, RAF was Equerry to King George VI 1944–1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II 1952–1953. Townsend is best known for his ill-fated romance with Princess Margaret. Despite his distinguished career, as a divorced man there was no chance of marriage with the princess and their re
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