- Series: History of 2nd World War
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345097343
- ISBN-13: 978-0345097347
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,949,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Their finest hour: the story of the Battle of Britain 1940 Paperback – Import, 1972
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Softcover, APPEARS NOT READ, w/only minor cover shopwear, lightly browned & tanned. 1972 editon.
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The series as a whole is slightly outdated by the disclosures from Allied codebreaking, and suffered from being whipped together in a hurry, but they remain then and now a fine introduction to conflict in the 20th century -- if you can find them.
Edward Bishop's entry on the Battle of Britain is one of the earliest books in the series, and certainly has one of the longest titles. It covers ground familiar to most students of World War II and anyone familiar with British history: the inspiring defense of the United Kingdom in 1940 by the "Few."
The ground he covers is therefore well-worn, and a great deal of new information has come to light about the battle -- German indecision, the role of British codebreaking, the difficulties the Germans and British had with waging the battle, controversies over whether German invasion plans were realistic or a giant bluff.
However, the ground covered remains gripping and taut, with the familiar spectacles of vast numbers of German bombers and fighters swarming over Kent and Sussex, pounding airbases and London's East End, being torn into by determined British and Allied airmen. There are plenty of photographs (with interesting captions)and a good deal of discussion and analysis of how German indecision kept coming back to bite the Luftwaffe.
This book is certainly one of the earliest accounts, and it's hardly definitive by modern standards, but it remains a solid, readable, and tight introduction to one of history's most decisive battles.