The Battle of Britain was, it can be reasonably argued, the battle that saved Western Civilization over 80 years ago during World War II, and so is rightly lauded even at this time. There have been many books written about the battle, so what does this new book from Key Publishing bring to the table?
This small volume is, as stated on the cover blurb, a “photographic guide to the surviving planes from the Battle of Britain,” and it does exactly what it says. The author has tried to document as many surviving period airframes as possible, and while the obvious types such as the Spitfire and Hurricane are covered in depth, other less obvious aircraft are also given their due. Within the pages the reader will find the Avro Anson, Bristol Beaufighter and many types of trainers – types that were indispensable to the RAF as it fought the months-long campaign.