Price, Alfred.


1st ed., 1990. Xi + 180 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Surprisingly, no previous book has described the fighting of 'Battle of Britain Day' in detail and most accounts give a misleading impression of what took place. This book tells the story of the momentous events of 15 September 1940, when the Luftwaffe mounted two large-scale daylight raids on London and Air Vice-Marshal Park directed his Spitfires and Hurricanes against the enemy with devastating effect. That evening, the defenders boosted British morale by proclaiming 185 German planes destroyed. The German High Command knew the true number to be only 56, but the day's hard fighting forced them to realize that there would be no victory over the RAF Command before the weather broke in the autumn. This historic day is recalled through the eyes of more than sixty of those who witnessed it in the air or on the ground.

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