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The Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain Paperback – January 1, 2000


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pimlico (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712664750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712664752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,781,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joy2no on January 8, 2012
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Learning about this piece of history especially from those who were there has been exciting. I bought several copies for family as one of the chapters was written by a relative from Scotland making it all the more fun. The books arrived in a timely manner and condition as described. Wish I could have found a new editi0on but these worked just fine.
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Though this book is subtitled A NEW HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN, that subtitle is misleading. Rather this is a collection of 18 essays or reminiscences originating in a 1996 University of Edinburgh conference on the BoB. While informative, THE BURNING BLUE is, in no way, a history in the traditional sense.

The book is divided into six sections: 'Before the Battle,' 'The Battle,' 'The View from Afar,' 'Experience and Memory,' 'The Making of a British Legend' and 'The Significance.' The first section provides a German historian's summary of the Luftwaffe's development and history prior to the Battle followed by a British historian's summary of the RAF. Part two offers up a German historian's account of the Luftwaffe's assault followed by a British historian recounting the RAF's response and so on.

Given its academic background, BURNING BLUE is informative but dry. The esays do offer some new 'food for thought' regarding the BoB but, with one exception, BURNING BLUE does not make for exciting reading. That exception is the 'Experince and Memory' chapter which features reminiscences from a Luftwaffe and an RAF pilot along with letters written by an RAF pilot during the Battle.

Battle of Britain enthusiasts will want to avail themselves of BURNING BLUE but, be forewarned, it's no page-turner. Methinks an optional purchase.
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