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The Fighters

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This amazing book is a panoramic novel about the fighter war in the west, from 1939 to 1945.


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket, Handwritten notes
Condition Used
Number of pages 511
Published date 1973
Languages English
Size 14 x 21 x 5 cm
Author Colin Willock
Editor MacMillan London Limited


This superbly - plotted novel takes for its main subject the fate of the fighter arm of the German Air Force in the West between 1939 and 1945.


It starts with a propaganda visit in England in 1938 of a small group of Hitlerjugend - Hitler Youth - heavily indoctrinated with discipline and dedication to the Fatherland. They mingle with their British contemporaries and in particular with the Bristow family. The Bristows are comfortable, upper middle - class, casual and ignorant of politics of war. But Peter Bristow is already flying in his university Auxiliary Air Squadron and the German youth leader is an accomplished glider pilot in preparation for a career in the Luftwaffe. Flying is their common bond and is to become their common destiny - but as enemies.


( ... ) This is a novel with a strong documentary background. ( ... ) This story of a generation of young men forged to bitter disillusion, yet dogged right to the end, is moving, illuminating and compulsive.

Colin Willock

Colin Dennistoun Willock ( January 13th, 1919 - March 26th, 2005 ) was born in Finchley ( North London , England ). He was educated at Tonbridge School ( Kent, England ), where a science teacher inspired his love of natural history. 

Leaving school at 16 years old, he has always been fascinated by aircraft and love flying. He then tried to joined the R.A.F., but failed because of his bad eyesight. Colin Willock went into journalism, before the outbreak of the Second World War. He served in as a Captain in the Royal Marines, in North Africa and Italy. 

After the war, he became Executive Editor of Lilliput magazine, Assistant Editor of Picture Post and founding Editor of the Angling Times. As Head of Anglia Television Natural History Unit, he wrote and produced nearly 500 programmes for Anglia Television's pioneering wildlife documentary series Survival, for almost 30 years from its inception in 1961.

 A countryman through and through, Colin Willock understood nature and wildlife, and wrote about it with authority and experience. He was the author of 36 books, including The ABC Of Fishing ( 1964 ) and The ABC Of Shooting ( 1975 ). His Town Gun column appeared in the Shooting Times for more than 40 years.  Colin Willock wrote his last Town Gun column from his hospital bed, only days before his death. 

( sources :, The Fighters, Wikipedia )

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