'No individual British victory after Trafalgar was more decisive in challenging the course of a major war than was the Battle of Britain ... In his carefully argued, clearly explained and impressively documented book ... Richard Overy is at pains to dispose of the myths and expose the real history of what he does not doubt was a great British victory ... the best historical analysis in readable form which has yet appeared on this prime subject' Noble Frankland, The Times Literary Supplement
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As an objective reassessment of this most critical of struggles, cogently argued and concisely written, The Battle of Britain is hard to beat (Saul David Sunday Telegraph)
A captivating and readable analysis of the fragile circumstances of Britain's victory ( Observer)
Succeeds brilliantly ... puts the battle in context, and along the way a lot of myths bite the dust (Robin Knight Time)
Brilliant ( The Economist)
Richard Overy is Professor of History at King's College, London. His other books include Russia's War, Interrogations and The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 2004. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 162 pages index maps tables notes - The Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill famously remarked, was the "finest hour" of the Royal Air Force, which battled Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above England for a few tense weeks. That storied episode, which historian Richard Overy deems a stalemate rather than a decisive triumph, has been layered with legends, one being that the RAF's determined resistance was the key factor in repelling an impending Nazi invasion. It now appears that that was never a real possibility. Another legend was that the RAF was badly outnumbered and outgunned. In fact, as Overy details, the German and British air forces were fairly evenly matched, and the RAF sustained fewer losses than it delivered. Overy's slender, well-written study of the Battle of Britain celebrates the very real accomplishments of the RAF and, its revisionism aside, acknowledges that the Battle of Britain was a true turning point in the history of World War II. Overy holds that one of its most important results was to lead influential Americans to urge that the United States take Britain's side, a fact that would soon be realized. More important, though, the Battle of Britain kept England in the war at a time when many politicians and citizens sought some accommodation with the Nazi regime. It galvanized popular opposition to Hitler, replacing uncertainties and disagreements with "a greater sense of purpose and a more united people.". Bookseller Inventory # 325423