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Battle for the Skies: Story of WWII by the Aviators Who Fought It

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"The archives of many nations have been ransacked for this absorbing compendium of oral histories and after-action reports from World War II pilots. The material, which includes the perspectives of Axis and Allied fliers alike, covers all the epic air battles, from the Battle of Britain to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, but also visits lesser known corners of the war, like the adventures of female Soviet Union combat pilots. Paterson, formerly of the British Imperial War Museum, groups the selections thematically and provides background commentary that draws together aspects of the air war in a fairly coherent fashion. Readers learn of the performance specs and combat characteristics of such storied planes as the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt 109 through tales of the intense love felt by pilots for these machines. The exhilaration of dog-fighting is evoked-'I lined him up in my sights and paused for an instant, savouring the beauty of the moment,' rhapsodizes a German pilot going in for the kill-along with the alternating tedium and dread felt by Allied bomber crews over Germany, whose casualty rates sometimes exceeded those of Japanese kamikaze pilots. And the gentlemanly conduct of dueling fighter pilots on the Western front is celebrated as one of the few episodes of chivalry in that ghastly conflict. A selection of color reproductions of aerial combat paintings by artist Robert Taylor enhances the atmospherics of this exciting and evocative book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This volume presents the stories of the heroes of the air war - the German, British and Commonwealth pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain; bomber crews above Europe; the Japanese kamikazes; and the Russia aces of the Eastern front.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780715318157
Subtitle:
From Europe to the Pacific, World War II Aces Tell Their Story
Author:
Paterson, Michael
Editor:
PATERSON, MICHAEL
Publisher:
David & Charles Publishers
Location:
N
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
240 x 156 in.

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Product details 240 pages David & Charles Publishers - English 9780715318157 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The archives of many nations have been ransacked for this absorbing compendium of oral histories and after-action reports from World War II pilots. The material, which includes the perspectives of Axis and Allied fliers alike, covers all the epic air battles, from the Battle of Britain to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, but also visits lesser known corners of the war, like the adventures of female Soviet Union combat pilots. Paterson, formerly of the British Imperial War Museum, groups the selections thematically and provides background commentary that draws together aspects of the air war in a fairly coherent fashion. Readers learn of the performance specs and combat characteristics of such storied planes as the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt 109 through tales of the intense love felt by pilots for these machines. The exhilaration of dog-fighting is evoked-'I lined him up in my sights and paused for an instant, savouring the beauty of the moment,' rhapsodizes a German pilot going in for the kill-along with the alternating tedium and dread felt by Allied bomber crews over Germany, whose casualty rates sometimes exceeded those of Japanese kamikaze pilots. And the gentlemanly conduct of dueling fighter pilots on the Western front is celebrated as one of the few episodes of chivalry in that ghastly conflict. A selection of color reproductions of aerial combat paintings by artist Robert Taylor enhances the atmospherics of this exciting and evocative book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This volume presents the stories of the heroes of the air war - the German, British and Commonwealth pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain; bomber crews above Europe; the Japanese kamikazes; and the Russia aces of the Eastern front.
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