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To Defeat the Few: The Luftwaffe's campaign to destroy RAF Fighter

Command, August-September 1940 by Dildy, Douglas C. Code: 58964 Format: Hardback / 384 pages Publication date: 10/07/2020 Availability: Please contact us for availability Price: AU $59.99
Over the past 77 years, histories of the Battle of Britain have consistently portrayed the feats of 'The Few' (as they were immortalized in Churchill's famous speech) as being responsible for the RAF's victory in the epic battle. However, this is only part of the story. The results of an air campaign cannot be measured in terms of territory captured, cities occupied or armies defeated, routed or annihilated. Successful air campaigns are those that achieve their intended aims or stated objectives. Victory in the Battle of Britain was determined by whether the Luftwaffe achieved its objectives. The Luftwaffe, of course, did not, and this detailed and rigorous study explains why. Analysing the battle in its entirety in the context of what it was - history's first independent offensive counter-air campaign against the world's first integrated air defence system - Douglas C. Dildy and Paul F. Crickmore set out to re-examine this remarkable conflict. Presenting the events of the Battle of Britain in the context of the Luftwaffe's campaign and RAF Fighter Command's battles against it, this title is a new and innovative history of the battle that kept alive the Allies' chances of defeating Nazi Germany.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Please contact us for availability
Publisher: OSPREY
Publication date: 10/07/2020
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 242mm X 190mm
Code: 58964
Prologue 1. Westfeldzug: Why the Battle of Britain occurred 2. Fall Gelb: Prologue to the Battle of Britain 3. Dunkirk: Triumph without Victory 4. 'Was num?': Hitler's strategic options, July 1940 5. The Luftwaffe's Capabilities: Germany's only real means to defeat Great Britain 6. The Luftwaffe's Opponent: RAF Fighter Command 7. Kanalkampf (Channel Battle): The Luftwaffe's Maritime Air Campaign 8. Seeloewe (Sea Lion): Hitler's Plan to Invade Britain 9. Adlerangriff Stage 1: 12-16 August 1940 10. Adlerangriff Stage 2: 17-19 August 1940 11. Adlerangriff Stage 3: 24 August-6 September 1940 12. Adlerangriff Stage 4: 7-17 September 1940 13. Defeat Dies Slowly: 17 September through 31 October 1940 14. Analysis: Assessing the Battle of Britain from the Luftwaffe's Perspective Appendices Bibliography Endnotes Index