Last of the Few: The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It
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Last of the Few: The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It

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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler's inevitable invasion attempt.

For the German Army to be landed across the Channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies - the RAF would have to be broken - so every day, throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 10th 2010 by Virgin Books
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This is a superb book. If you are looking for a history of the RAF, analysis of tactics, statistics, etc., this is not the book for you. I have read many accounts and viewed many films about the RAF and the Battle of Britain.

However, this book, which comprises personal accounts of many participants in the action (with no commentary) told me more than I ever learned from anything else I've read. These snippets by pilots, riggers and fitters and opposition German pilots gave me a fuller picture of...more
Barbara Mader
I thought this was a bit of a phone-in, as many of the "in their own words" were taken from published books by pilots who had died, some during the war. There were some interviews, but it was never made clear in any way which bits were taken from interviews actually done by Max Arthur and which were from already-published books.

Also rather loosely organized.

Basically, Arthur didn't work too hard on this one.

Because there were no footnotes, no scholarly approach at all, the value of the book was...more
Made up of first hand accounts of the battle, Last of the Few offers some superb insights into what it meant to be a fighter pilot in 1940.

It's let down by a lack of historical overview. Apart from a few paragraphs at the start of each section there's nothing to put the anecdotes in context.
Laurence Weinstein
Brief recollections from mostly British, some Commonwealth, some Allied Nations, and even some Germans, about the Battle of Britain.
Another average story like so many others.
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Max Arthur is an author who specialises in first-hand recollections of historical events. He has worked closely with the Imperial War Museum to bring together two books in the Forgotten Voices series, Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War. Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force and for some years was an actor.
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