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Since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the British people have confronted no greater threat to their freedom than in 1940, when Hitler's armies swept through France in a few weeks and stood poised twenty-one miles from Dover.


Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used
Number of pages 224
Published date 1980
Languages English
Size 11 x 18 x 2 cm
Author Len Deighton
Editor George Rainbird Ltd


Since the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the British people have confronted no greater threat to their freedom than in 1940, when Hitler's armies swept through France in a few weeks and stood poised twenty-one miles from Dover. Had the Luftwaffe then gained air supremacy over the English Channel, nothing could have prevented the Germans from landing, in the first invasion of Britain for nine hundred years. In two highly acclaimed accounts — in his bestselling books Blitzkrieg and Fighter — Len Deighton dealt in considerable detail with all the events that led up to the Battle of Britain and exploded the myths that have collected around that struggle.


Now he adds a third dimension to the story of how, against all odds, the British succeeded in turning the prevailing tide of history and won the day. For here, in a series of vivid `snapshots', he shows us the reality of the most crucial battle of the Second World War as it was enacted in flesh and blood by those on both sides who participated in the air, on the ground, in the planning rooms and in the homes. Among the extraordinary photographs assembled are many from private collections that have never been seen in print before. New and contemporary drawings, diagrams, charts and maps make instantly clear what was happening day by day on both sides and in the accompanying text Len Deighton uses the words of witnesses and combatants to evoke a few weeks of desperate human endeavour and shows how the delicate balance was tipped — but only just — in Britain's favour.


Bringing to bear all his skill as a war historian, novelist and designer, Len Deighton enables the reader to relive the past and experience what it meant to live and die when Britain stood alone in the face of tyranny.

Len Deighton

Leonard Cyril Deighton ( February 18th, 1929 ) was born in Marylebone ( London, England ). In 1940, at the age of 11, he witnessed the arrest of Anna Wolkoff, a British subject of Russian descent who was detained as a Nazi spy. Observing her arrest was a major factor in his decision to write a spy story at his first attempt at fiction. 

Leonard Deighton was educated at St. Marylebone Grammar School, but was moved to an emergency school for part of the Second World War. After leaving school, he worked as a railway clerk before being conscripted ( aged 17 ) for National Service, which he completed with the R.A.F., trained as a photographer. 

In 1948, he received a demobilisation grant, enabling him to study at the Saint Martin's School of Art where he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating from the latter in 1955. He worked as a Flight Attendant for British Overseas Airways Corporation ( B.O.A.C., 1956 - 1957 ) before becoming a professional illustrator. 

Leonard Deighton worked for agencies in New York City ( New York, United States ) and London, but he also illustrated magazines and over 200 book covers, including for the first British edition of Jack Kerouac's work On the Road ( 1957 ). In 1962, his first novel, The IPCRESS File, was published ( written in 1960 while he was staying in the Dordogne, France ). The book was soon a commercial success. 

During the mid - 1960s, Leonard Deighton wrote for Playboy as a travel correspondent. He was the writer and co - producer of Oh ! What a Lovely War ( 1969 ), but did not enjoy the process of making films, and had his name removed from the film's credits. In addition to his novels, Leonard Deighton also has written cookery books and history books as well. 

Several of his novels have been adapted as films including The IPCRESS File ( 1962 ), Funeral in Berlin ( 1964 ), Billion Dollar Brain ( 1966 ) and Spy Story ( 1974 ). Bomber, the third album of the rock group Motörhead, was named after the novel, as the band's singer, Lemmy ( 1945 - 2015 ), was reading it at the time. 

( source : Wikipedia )

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