In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe had looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn’t planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend – the Spitfire.
Bestselling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit.
Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.
Disaster at D-Day
By: Peter Tsouras
Captured at the Imjin River
By: David Green
Tynemouth and Wallsend at War 1939-45
By: Craig Armstrong
The History Behind Game of Thrones
By: David C Weinczok
The Americans on D-Day and in Normandy
By: Dr Brooke S Blades
The Hunt for Martin Bormann
By: Charles Whiting
From Arromanches to the Elbe
By: Charles More
The Disastrous Fall and Triumphant Rise of the Fleet Air Arm from 1912 to 1945
By: Henry "Hank" Adlam
At The Eleventh Hour
By: Hugh Cecil, Dr Peter Liddle