The definitive story of the Battle of Britain : The Narrow Margin

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Beautifully illustrated with such an amount of photographs, this fantastic book is considered as the most authoritative work ever written about the Battle of Britain.

Characteristic

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Condition Good
Number of pages 361
Published date 1969
Languages English
Size 19 x 25 x 3 cm
Author Derek Wood with Derek Dempster
Editor ARROW BOOKS LIMITED

Description

THE NARROW MARGIN, the book on which the screenplay of the film the BATTLE OF BRITAIN was based, is the most authoritative work ever written about those sixteen historic weeks in the Summer of 1940 when the future of Britain was at stake. Since its first publication in 1961, a great deal of additional material has come to light.

 

( ... ) For all its indisputable authority, THE NARROW MARGIN is first and foremost a magnificently readable book about the BATTLE OF BRITAIN, one which is never likely to be superseded.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Derek Wood with Derek Dempster

Derek Wood ( 1930 - May 2nd, 2003 ) joined the Royal Observer Corps ( R.O.C. ) in 1947, and served on posts near Chichester, London, and at Cuckfield ( north of Brighton, England ) after moving there in the 1960's. 


As a journalist and aerospace expert, he did his utmost to further the Corps' standing in both military and civil areas. In the late 1950's, the aircraft reporting role was being phased out and the R.O.C. became the field force of the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation ( U.K.W.M.O. ) run by the Home Office. 


In the Sixties the Home Office was quietly planning to sever the Corps' link with the RAF, take it out of uniform, and completely integrate it within U.K.W.M.O. Derek Wood got wind of this and, as aviation correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph, wrote an article warning that if such a plan was implemented it was likely that at least 80 percent of Corps would resign. The Home Office was furious and demanded that the Commandant, Air Commodore Jeaffreson H. Gresswell ( 1916 - 2000 ), remove Derek Wood from the Corps immediately. Fortunately, Gresswell refused to do so. The plan was quietly dropped and Derek Wood went on to serve the Corps for many more years. 


Derek Wood came into prominence as an author when his book The Narrow Margin ( 1961 ). Others of his books include Attack Warning Red ( 1976 ), Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook ( 1979 ) and Project Cancelled ( 1986 ). In 1983, Derek Wood started the magazine called Jane's Defence Weekly, and retired in 1993. 


( sources : Wikipedia, www.amazon.fr )

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