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  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591141600
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: WWII
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: September 2010
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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 RAF took the lion's share of the glory only because its colorful image could easily be used to manipulate American opinion. Cumming contends that the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain should celebrate the contributions of the many rather than focusing on the pilot elite, an assertion certain to provoke discussion.

Anthony J. Cumming, after a long career in the British civil service, earned a PhD in history in 2006 and won the University of London's Julian Corbett Prize for his research. He lives in Devon, UK.

Praise for The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain

"Thought provoking...Overall, this is useful work that adds to the corpus of knowledge on the subject."

-- The Second World War Military Operations Research Group


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