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The Wordsworth Military Library covers the breadth of military history, including studies of individual leaders and accounts of major campaigns and great conflicts.


Book cover finish Stapled and glued
Special features Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
Condition Used very good
Number of pages 223
Published date 1980
Languages English
Size 17.78 x 12.7 x 2.54 cm
Author Len Deighton & Max Hastings
Editor Michael Joseph


For the first time in paperback.

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain this book, first published in 1980, is being reissued. The distinguished military historian Max Hastings has contributed ta new introduction reaffirming the value of Battle of Britain as a superb and vivid portrayal of a legendary struggle. In two highly acclaimed accounts - Blitzkierg and Fighter- Len Deighton dealt in considerable detail with the events leading up to the Battle of Britain and exploded the myths that have collected around that event. In this book, he and Max Hastings add a third dimension to the story of how the ' Few ' defended these islands. In a series of vivid ' snapshots ' they show for the first time the reality of the battle and how it was enacted by those who took part, whether in the air, on the ground, in the planning rooms or at home in towns and villages. So effective is the compilation of words, pictures, maps, and diagrams that it is hardly less dramatic than taking part in the battle itself. Rarely has an event in history been portrayed with such remarkable immediacy. Len Deighton is an international bestselling novelist whose books include The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin and the Game, Set and Match trilogy. Max Hastings is a major military historian, his books including Bomber Command, Battle of the Falklands and The Korean War; he is also Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Len Deighton & Max Hastings

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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