This fine book, which contains some photographs, can be seen as a new assessment of the A.C.M. Hugh C.T. " Stuffy " Dowding controversies during the Battle of Britain.
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||John Philip Ray
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’ One of the most valuable qualities of a commander is a flair for putting himself in the right place at the vital time. ’
Fiel Marshal Viscount Slim.
NEVER WAS THIS MORE TRUE THAN DURING THE SUMMER OF 1940 as Britain stood alone. Defeated and exhausted by the Wehrmacht, the British Army was in a poor position to prevent an invasion ; the Royal Navy was dangerously stretched to cover increasing threats worlwide ; only the Royal Air Force and the English Channel stood between Britain and the Germans.
Into the spotlight stepped a commander whose hour of triumph was at hand, who had planned and fought hard over four years for the battle now about to break out. Hugh Dowding was, more than anyone else, responsible for Fighter Command's ability to meet the threat from the Luftwaffe and win the vital Battle of Britain. He fought with limited resources, virtually on a day - to - day basis, and always with the knowledge that the Air Staffs were reluctant to prolong his period of command. Instead he was summarily dismissed immediately the Battle was won, sent against his will to America and given a few minor positions before retirement in 1942.
That he was subjected to such restrictive terms is remarkable enough ; the full story presented here shows the extent of a victory gained in spite of differences between him and the Air Ministry from pre - war days. Nonetheless, recognition is given to their genuinely held opinion that Dowding was a particularly difficult and uncooperative colleague, often unwilling to meet changed circumstances of war. Central to this masterly new study is the clash of personalities within the R.A.F., which at times more resembled the infighting characteristics of the Luftwaffe.
( ... ) The battle within the Battle of Britain at times threatened to prejudice the outcome of the actual air action and gives a remarkable revelation and insight into the darkest days of 1940. The nature and extend of the personal and political clashes within the R.A.F. are disclosed through contemporary documents, some previously unexplored. The author also explains how these affected the course of the fighting, especially when the question of night air defence became paramount. German perceptions of the battle are also explored through a finely written history of the air war over Britain in 1940.
John Philip Ray ( May 5th, 1929 ) was born in London ( England ). He attended Goldsmiths' College, London ( 1946 - 1948 ), and City Literary Institute ( as extramural student, 1951 - 1955 ). Afterwards, he went to University of Kent, Canterbury ( Kent, England ). John P. Ray became a schoolmaster as well as a teacher of history and other subjects in British schools. He is a member of the Historical Association, Royal Historical Society ( fellow ), the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers Association.
He has published several books, such as : The History of Flight ( 1968 ), The Victorian Age ( with his wife, Mary D. Ray, 1969 ), Inventors and Scientists ( 1974 ), The Second World War ( 1977 ), Flight in the Twentieth Century ( 1988 ), The Night Blitz, 1940 - 1941 ( 1996 ), The Battle of Britain : Dowding and the First Victory ( 2000 ).
( sources : AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, encyclopedia.com )