1st ed., 1967. X + 294 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 21 x 14cm. FINE. This is a comparative study of the RAF, the Luftwaffe and the USAAF in Europe and North Africa during World War II. The author examines the true odds, for example, between the RAF and the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. He explains how and why German pilots vastly outscored the Allies, and what effect legendary men like Marseille had on their country’s war effort. To emphasise all this and to contrast conditions on the Western Front where Johnny Johnson led the Allied scorers with 38 victories, and the Eastern Front where Hartmann claimed his fantastic 352, the author has analysed in depth sorties flown by these two pilots and by Marseille, Bader, and others.