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The secret life of Fighter Command : the men and women who beat the Luftwaffe / by Sinclair McKay.

By: McKay, Sinclair.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Aurum Press, ©2015Description: v, 345 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1781312958; 9781781312957; 9781781315316; 1781315310.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command -- History | World War, 1914-1918 -- History | Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940 | Great Britain. Royal Air Force. Fighter Command | Britain, Battle of (Great Britain : 1940) | World War (1914-1918) | Great Britain | 1914-1940Genre/Form: History.DDC classification: 940.5
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

During the dark days of 1940, when Britain faced the might of Hitlerâ?s armed forces alone, the RAF played an integral role in winning the Battle of Britain against the Luftwaffe, thus ensuring the countryâ?s safety from invasion. The men and women of Fighter Command worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout the length and breadth of Britain to thwart the Nazi attacks; The Secret Life of Fighter Command tells their story.

From setting up the ground-breaking radar systems along the coast of the Southeast of England, to the distribution of spotters of bombing waves coming along the Thames Estuary, the boffins who designed and built the guidance and detection structures to organise a winning defence umbrella, to the Wrens who plotted enemy movements and then conveyed this to the various RAF squadrons stationed in the UKâ?s zonal defence system ­­­â? all of them played a part in maintaining the security over Britain. Through exclusive interviews with various members of this unique and world famous organisation, bestselling author Sinclair McKay tells the human story of how Britain survived the Nazi onslaught and enabled our Hurricanes and Spitfires to triumph over the German airforce.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-336) and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Chapter 1 The Celestial Ballet (p. 1)
  • Chapter 2 The Vision of Wings (p. 16)
  • Chapter 3 The Seduction of Flight (p. 35)
  • Chapter 4 The Lines in the Heavens (p. 53)
  • Chapter 5 The Secret Under the Hill (p. 69)
  • Chapter 6 We Are At War (p. 87)
  • Chapter 7 Dress Rehearsals (p. 103)
  • Chapter 8 'Interesting Work of a Confidential Nature' (p. 118)
  • Chapter 9 Blood Runs Hotly (p. 131)
  • Chapter 10 Alert (p. 142)
  • Chapter 11 The Sky was Black with Planes (p. 151)
  • Chapter 12 Nerve Endings (p. 169)
  • Chapter 13 Big Wing (p. 180)
  • Chapter 14 'We Will All Be Here Soon' (p. 192)
  • Chapter 15 'Resist Until the Very End' (p. 216)
  • Chapter 16 'This Was War and We Were Fighting' (p. 228)
  • Chapter 17 A Dog Called Heinkel (p. 245)
  • Chapter 18 Rhubarbs (p. 263)
  • Chapter 19 Knitting, Smoking and Great Literature (p. 280)
  • Chapter 20 Death Will Send No Warning (p. 292)
  • Chapter 21 Grounded (p. 302)
  • Chapter 22 Afterlife (p. 320)
  • Endnotes (p. 329)
  • Further Reading (p. 335)
  • Index (p. 337)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 345)