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REVIEW Last of the Few SUMMARY ✓ Last of the Few DOWNLOAD × M1O.RU Á Max Arthur After the fall of France in May 1940 the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk Britain now stood alone to face Hitler's inevitable invasion attemptFor the German Army to be landed across the Channel Hitler needed mastery of the skies the RAF would have to be broken so every day throughout the. If you like military history this is a very remarkable book It is not a narrative history From cover to cover it consists of long and short 1st person uotes from RAF pilots recounting missions they flew during the 4 5 month long Battle of Britain It puts you in the cockpit with them day after day as they take off and fight wave after wave of German fighters and bombers To say it is riveting is putting it mildly With typically dry British humor they describe the chaos and confusion of fast dogfights victories defeats and getting shot down by enemy planes they didn t even see Through it you see their fears not so much of dying but of being badly wounded or perhaps badly burned or maimed Pressure Tension Nothing less than the survival of Britain and ultimately the war itself was on their shouders Yet they kept going and won the battle by holding off the German onslaught and not losing Interestingly Arthur was also able to get uotes from the Luftwaffe aces they were facing and we get a nice picture of the problems they faced as well It is a remarkable book William F Brown

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REVIEW Last of the Few SUMMARY ✓ Last of the Few DOWNLOAD × M1O.RU Á Max Arthur Summer German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day and civilians watched skies criss crossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me 109s Britain's very freedom. This is not a book you sit down and read cover to cover There is no story line just 2 3 paragraphs per pilot written about their circumstances or a particular flight Interesting in a historical anecdotal way

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REVIEW Last of the Few SUMMARY ✓ Last of the Few DOWNLOAD × M1O.RU Á Max Arthur Depended on the outcome of that summer's battleBritain's air defences were badly battered and nearly broken but against all odds 'The Few' as they came to be known bought Britain's freedom many with their livesThese are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle We will not see their like again. This is blunt well done oral history simply presented without pointless elaboration or superfluous historical commentary by the author Even as their present day numbers dwindle to nothing Max Arthur has acuired and preserved survivors personal accounts of the ferocious critical air battle over Great Britain that followed the fall of France in May 1940 Nationalities of the narrators include not just Brits but also refugee Poles Czechs a vital source of experienced Luftwaffe fighting pilots in the earliest days of the air war Germans and various Anglos from throughout the under duress Empire Thankfully the interviews are not exclusively with Fighter Boys but also encompass the memories of ground crew arrs WAAF tracers plotters BBC correspondents and others A few of the Famous are here such as Suadron Leader Douglas Bader and Fighter Command s sole Victoria Cross winner Flight Lt James Brindley Nicolson but most of the voices belong to the virtually forgotten It s sad too that the BW photos from WW II are beginning to seem antiue like Mathew Brady printsJudging from LAST OF THE FEW the flyers had in common two big fears letting down their mates and burning That laconic matter of fact manner of storytelling common to fighter pilots what became known in the US as the Chuck Yeager school of terse dispassion in crisis conceals the inherent drama rather than amplifying it Nevertheless these are real voices of those who were there Here is the Battle of Britain described in its simplest form You went up and you fought all day long until the sun went down Whether it be three four five missions a day you just fought and fought and fought p202 More than a fifth of the pilots died by the end I wasn t fighting for the King I was fighting for me mum p274 last uote from a pilot officer who died in 2010 at age 89Kudos go to Air Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding whose foresight persistence and disregard for self advancement put the RAF into the sky just in time

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Last of the Few
  • Max Arthur
  • English
  • 03 April 2019
  • 9780753522271