Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:59 AM UTC
With the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain upon us, Battle for the Channel by Brian Cull details how close the United Kingdom came to a Nazi invasion.
10 July, the official first day of the Battle of Britain, witnessed increased aerial activity over the English Channel and along the eastern and southern seaboards of the British coastline. The main assaults by ever-increasing formations of Luftwaffe bombers, escorted by Bf 109 and Bf 110 fighters, were initially aimed at British merchant shipping convoys plying their trade of coal and other materials from the north of England to the southern ports. These attacks often met with increasing success, although RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes endeavoured to repel the Heinkel He 111s, Dornier Do 17s and Junkers Ju 88s. Within a month, the English Channel was effectively closed to British shipping. Only a change in the Luftwaffe’s tactics in mid-August, when they sought to destroy the RAF’s southern airfields, allowed convoys to resume sneaking through with little hindrance.
-A gripping account of the Battle of Britain as it was viewed in 1940 by the aircrews of both sides, the press – often for propaganda purposes – and the public
-Many personal accounts and memories of the battle
-With tabulations of aircrew and aircraft lost by the RAF and
Luftwaffe, and with known combat claims made by both sides in this titanic struggle that changed the course of history
-Illustrated with new and rarely seen photographs.
Publishing date: 27th July 2017
ISBN: 978-1-78155-625-2 - Battle for the Channel - Brian Cull
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