The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain

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Published:September 15, 2010
By Anthony J. Cumming (Author)

This persuasive study attacks the key myths surrounding the Battle of Britain to revise the relative status of maritime and aviation factors in the defense of Britain. Without denigrating the heroism of the fighter pilots, Anthony Cumming challenges the effectiveness of the Royal Air Force in 1940 and gives the Royal Navy much greater prominence than others have. He vigorously asserts the ability of British warships to frustrate German plans for Operation Sea Lion and to repel Luftwaffe attacks.

The author argues that the RAF took the lion’s share of the glory only because its colorful image could easily be used manipulate American opinion. Cumming contends that the 70th anniversary of Battle of Britain should celebrate the contributions of the many rather than focusing on the pilot elite, an assertion certain provoke discussion.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1591141605
  • ISBN-13: 9781591141600
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
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Following a career in the British civil service, Anthony J. Cumming earned his PhD in history at the University of Plymouth and won the University of London’s Julian Corbett Prize for Research in Modern Naval History. He is the author of The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain and lives in Devon, United Kingdom with his wife and pet greyhound.

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