Attack of the Eagles: 13 August 1940 - 18 August 1940 (Battle of Britain) (Hardcover)

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Attack of the Eagles: 13 August 1940 - 18 August 1940 (Battle of Britain) (Hardcover)


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In this unprecedented series exploring the big story of the Battle of Britain, renowned historian Dilip Sarkar investigates the wider context and intimate details of the epic aerial conflict in the summer of 1940 from all sides. In so doing, he gives due acknowledgment to the roles of Bomber and Coastal Commands in addition to the fabled Few of Fighter Command.

This unique narrative draws upon a lifetime of research, the author having enjoyed a long relationship with survivors and the relatives of casualties; his innumerable interviews and first-hand accounts collated, in addition to privileged access to personal papers, providing essential human interest to this inspirational story.

In this the third volume, Attack of the Eagles, Dilip continues to examine the fighting on a day-by-day, combat-by-combat basis between 13 and 18 August 1940. This period began on 'Eagle Day' and the start of the Luftwaffe's 'Eagle Attack' on Fighter Command.

This period of intense fighting saw the defeat of the much-vaunted Stuka dive-bomber and the great attack on north-east England on 15 August 1940. It was during the aerial combats the following day that Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson's Victoria Cross winning action took place over Southampton. All of these actions, and many others, are critically analyzed.

Through diligent research, combined with crucial official primary sources and personal papers, Dilip unravels many myths, often challenging the accepted narrative. This is not simply another dull record of combat losses and claims - far from it. Drawing upon unique first-hand accounts from a wide-range of combatants and eyewitnesses, along with Daily Home Intelligence Reports and numerous other primary sources, this book forms part of what is likely to be the first and last such comprehensively woven account of this epic air battle.
Product Details ISBN: 9781399057912
ISBN-10: 139905791X
Publisher: Air World
Publication Date: May 30th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Battle of Britain