Battle of Britain.

By Len Deighton

Printed: 1980

Publisher: Jonathan Cape. London

Dimensions 20 × 26 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 20 x 26 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Navy cloth binding with silver title on the spine.

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A very well presented book.


——  I am carrying out research for a new feature film inspired by the Battle of Britain and was recommended to purchase this book. I can see why as it explains clearly with great detail and photographs, how WW2 came about and the part that the RAF took in keeping the German’s from overwhelming Great Britain in the skies above London & South East England in particular.

——   I don’t qualify as a military historian to critique the content of the book, but I gained significant insight into the battle by reading this. It appears to be an intro book on the subject. My knowledge of it was limited to news reals from the period and Wikipedia articles. Mr. Churchill indisputably credits fighter command with winning the battle, (“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed..”) but some credit could go to Göring, who was essentially ineffective as commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe.

——-  An excellent read. I particularly appreciated the generous use of photographs and images to present the story. He concluded that the British won not because of the quality of their aircraft nor skill and courage of RAF pilots but because of RAF strategy and Goering’s blunders. He also demonstrated that British victory made all the subsequent allied victories possible.

Leonard Cyril Deighton (born 18 February 1929) is a British author. His publications have included cookery books, history and military history, but he is best known for his spy novels.

After completing his national service in the Royal Air Force, Deighton attended art school in London, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1955. He had several jobs before becoming a book and magazine illustrator—including designing the cover for first UK edition of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 work On the Road. He also worked for a period in an advertising agency. During an extended holiday in France he wrote his first novel, The IPCRESS File, which was published in 1962, and was a critical and commercial success. He wrote several spy novels featuring the same central character, an unnamed working-class intelligence officer, cynical and tough.

Between 1962 and 1966 Deighton was the food correspondent for The Observer and drew cookstrips—black and white graphic recipes with a limited number of words. A selection of these were collected and published in 1965 as Len Deighton’s Action Cook Book, the first of five cookery books he wrote. Other topics of non-fiction include history, particularly military history.

Several of Deighton’s works have been adapted for film and other media. Films include The Ipcress File (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966), Billion Dollar Brain (1967) and Spy Story (1976). In 1988 Granada Television produced the miniseries Game, Set and Match based on his trilogy of the same name, and in 1995 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a “real time” dramatisation of his novel Bomber.

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