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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN : FIVE MONTHS THAT CHANGED HISTORY, MAY - OCTOBER 1940

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678 pages - 2010 - Used, mint condition
Well - documented with both maps and illustrations, this fantastic book tells the epic story of the Battle of Britain, drawing on extensive new research from around the world.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Dedicated copy, Dust jacket, Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 678
Published date 2010
Language English
Size 16 x 24.075 x 5 cm
Author James Holland
Editor BANTAM PRESS

Description

" If Hitler fails to invade or destroy Britain, he has lost the war ",  Churchill said in the Summer of 1940. He was right. The Battle of Britain was a crucial turning point in the history of the Second World War. Had Britain's defences collapsed, Hitler would have dominated all of Europe and been able to turn his full attention east to the Soviet Union.

 

( ... ) Yet Hitler's forces were, not quite the Goliath they at first seemed,... ( ... ) Nor was Britain any David. Thanks to a sophisticated defensive system and the combined efforts of the R.A.F., Royal Navy as well as the mounting sense of collective defiance led by a new Prime Minister, Britain was not ready to roll over just yet.

 

From clashes between coastal convoys and Schnellboote in the Channel to astonishing last stands in Flanders, and from the slaughter by the U - boote in the icy Atlantic to the dramatic aerial battles over England, The Battle of Britain tells this most epic of stories from all sides, drawing on extensive new research from around the world. In so doing, it paints a complete picture of that extraordinary Summer - a time in which the fate of the world truly hung by a thread. 

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
James Holland

James Holland F.R.Hist.S. ( June 27th, 1970 ) was born in Salisbury ( Wiltshire, England ). He was educated at Chafyn Grove School ( Salisbury ) and King's School ( Bruton, Somerset, England ). In 1992, he attained a B.A. ( Bachelor of Arts ) in History from Saint Chad's College ( Durham, County Durham, England ). 


James Holland has written both novels and non - fiction history books focusing on the Second World War. His first historical account of the Second World War was entitled Fortress Malta - An Island Under Siege, 1940 - 1943 ( 2003 ). It deftly interweaves the personal histories of pilots, soldiers, submariners, sailors, nurses, office clerks and other civilians. His first novel, The Burning Blue ( 2004 ), is about a young fighter pilot who is hiding a family secret. It takes place in the months leading up to and after the start of the Second World War. 


James Holland has written and presented a number of documentaries on the Second World War for BBC Two, such as Battle of Britain : The Real Story ( 2010 ), Dam Busters : The Race to Smash the German Dams ( 2011 ) and Normandy '44 : The Battle Beyond D - Day ( 2014 ). Starting in 2015, he filmed multiple episodes of the PBS documentary series Pritzker Military Presents, produced by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago ( Illinois, United States ). James Holland also appeared in several other documentaries on the Second World War for National Geographic, History Channel and the BBC. 


A honorary secretary and a playing member of Chalke Valley Cricket Club ( Salisbury ), he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of both the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. James Holland has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum. He is also the co - founder, co - chair and programme director of the annual Chalke Valley History Festival, which is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the United Kingdom. 


( sources : Wikipedia, chalkevalley.play-cricket.com )

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