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With wings like eagles : a history of the Battle of Britain, Michael Korda

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With wings like eagles : a history of the Battle of Britain
Title
With wings like eagles
Title remainder
a history of the Battle of Britain
Statement of responsibility
Michael Korda
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Language
eng
Summary
In the summer of 1940, fewer than three thousand young fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force -- often no more than nine hundred on any given day -- stood between Hitler and the victory that seemed almost within his grasp. Korda re-creates the intensity of combat in "the long, delirious, burning blue" of the sky above southern England, and at the same time traces the entire complex web of political, diplomatic, scientific, industrial, and human decisions during the 1930s that led to the world's first air battle. Korda interweaves the critical strands of the story -- the invention of radar (the most important of Britain's military secrets); the developments by such visionary aircraft designers as R. J. Mitchell, Sidney Camm, and Willy Messerschmitt of the revolutionary, all-metal, high-speed monoplane fighters the British Spitfire and Hurricane and the German Bf 109; the rise of the theory of air bombing as the decisive weapon of modern warfare, and the prevailing belief that "the bomber will always get through." As Nazi Germany rearmed swiftly after 1933, building up its bomber force, only Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, the eccentric, infuriating, obstinate, difficult, and astonishingly foresighted creator and leader of RAF Fighter Command, did not believe that the bomber would always get through and was determined to provide Britain with a weapon few people wanted to believe was needed or even possible. Dowding persevered, despite opposition, shortage of funding, and bureaucratic infighting, to perfect the British fighter force just in time to meet and defeat the German onslaught. Korda brings to life the extraordinary men and women on both sides of the conflict, from such major historical figures as Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, and Reichsmarschall Herman Goring (and his disputatious and bitterly feuding generals) to the British and German pilots, the American airmen who joined the RAF just in time for the Battle of Britain, the young airwomen of the RAF, the ground crews who refueled and rearmed the fighters in the middle of heavy German raids, and such heroic figures as Douglas Bader, Josef Frantisek, and the Luftwaffe aces Adolf Galland and his archrival Werner Molders. Winston Churchill memorably said about the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Here is the story of "the few," and how they prevailed against the odds, deprived Hitler of victory, and saved the world during three epic months in 1940
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1933-
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Korda, Michael
Dewey number
940.54/211
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D756.5.B7
LC item number
K67 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Dowding, Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding
  • Great Britain
  • Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
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With wings like eagles : a history of the Battle of Britain, Michael Korda
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-305) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
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  • cri
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
"The bomber will always get through" -- "To England, all eyes were turned. All that has gone now. Nothing has been done in 'the years that the locust hath eaten.' " -- "I can't understand why Chicago gangsters can have bulletproof glass in their cars, and I can't get it in my Spitfires!" -- "The other side of the hill" -- The first act: Dunkirk and the Dowding letter -- Round one: "Der Kanalkampf" -- Round two: Sparring -- Adlerangriff, August 1940 -- The hardest days--August 16 through September 15 -- The turning point
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780061125355
Lccn
2008009293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some in color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn212893654
Label
With wings like eagles : a history of the Battle of Britain, Michael Korda
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
"The bomber will always get through" -- "To England, all eyes were turned. All that has gone now. Nothing has been done in 'the years that the locust hath eaten.' " -- "I can't understand why Chicago gangsters can have bulletproof glass in their cars, and I can't get it in my Spitfires!" -- "The other side of the hill" -- The first act: Dunkirk and the Dowding letter -- Round one: "Der Kanalkampf" -- Round two: Sparring -- Adlerangriff, August 1940 -- The hardest days--August 16 through September 15 -- The turning point
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
322 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780061125355
Lccn
2008009293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some in color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn212893654

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