1st ed., 1957. 264 pp., frontis., + 16 photo & other plates. D.j., 21 x 14cm. V.G. As Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding led the air defences to triumph in the Battle of Britain. Few battles fought by British arms have had such momentous consequences and few commanders in any age have made a greater personal contribution than did the man who had worked for many years behind the scenes to ensure that every technical skill that could be devised was done to prepare for the ordeal he foresaw. Yet the architect of victory scarcely drew from his achievement the full measure of recognition and acclaim accorded to other successful wartime leaders. In this biography the author, who had the full support of and active co-operation from Lord Dowding, is concerned with both the Air Chief Marshal and the man himself.