Air Battle for Dunkirk: 26 May - 3 June 1940
Petlyakov PE-2 'Peshka'
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Autor: Norman Franks
Data publikacji: 2017-05
Wydawca: Grub Street
Wymiary: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres
Liczba stron: 230
W przypadku braku książki w magazynie, czas realizacji zamówienia może wynieść 3-6 tygodni.
With the epic blockbuster film Dunkirk, to be released in July 2017, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring, amongst others, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance, this reissue has never been more timely. 'Where is the RAF?' was the oft-quoted question asked by soldiers waiting on the beach at Dunkirk, to where they had retreated following the German blitzkrieg through northern France, and where they were now being pounded by the Luftwaffe. The air forces were there, as Norman Franks proves, detailing the outstanding achievements of the Allied pilots who fought, using outmoded tactics, against enemy pilots who had earlier had easy victories over the Polish, Dutch and Belgian air forces. The RAF's achievement reminds us just how close Britain came to disaster in June 1940.
Using Luftwaffe records, this is an account of the air battle for Northern France and the Low Countries, during 10-21 May 1940. This reconstruction has been achieved by using the pilots' combat reports, squadron Operational Record Books, and interviews and correspondence with those involved.
Twelve Days in May is a detailed account of the Royal Air Force in the air battle for Northern France during the German blitzkrieg. Other allied air forces activities, where relevant to the developing situation in the RAF's area of operations, are covered, as is the German perspective. But the book is mainly about the Hawker Hurricanes of the British squadrons deployed to France. Within these parameters the work is meticulous, with a day by day presentation of the action, broken down by unit and interspersed with excerpts from the actual flying logs of the period. Details are not glossed over, with individual units; aircraft and pilots identified and tables showing both claimed kills and actual Luftwaffe losses for each day.