Dogfight: The Battle of Britain
One of WWII’s most defining campaigns told for the first time from an Australasian perspective…
The Battle of Britain will be forever etched in WWII’s history as one of it’s most iconic conflicts. In the summer of 1940 the German air force (the Luftwaffe) locked horns with RAF aircraft in a life-and-death struggle for mastery of the skies over southern England.
Success for Germany would knock Britain out of the war and give Adolf Hitler a free hand for his assault on the Soviet Union. Success for the RAF would bring an end to the German advance to the west and ultimately facilitate the D-Day landings four years in the future.
Thus the fate of the Allied war effort lay in the hands of those whom Winston Churchill dubbed ‘The Few’. What is less well known is that the second-largest foreign contingent in Fighter Command was drawn from the British Commonwealth’s southermost Dominions: New Zealand and Australia.
One hundred and seventy-one Anzac airmen were thrust headlong into a ferocious air battle that would put their skills, resolve and character to the ultimate test. The tale of their place in the Battle of Britain, along with their personal stories, friendships, successes, losses and fears are told in detail for the first time in Dogfight.
Dr. Adam Claasen is a senior lecturer in modern history and international relations at Massey University, New Zealand. He has a doctorate from the University of Canterbury and is a Smithsonian Institution fellowship recipient and in 2006 was the Fulbright Visiting Scholar in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He teaches and researches primarily on the Second World War and the role of air power in war.
Name: Dogfight: The Battle of Britain
Editors: Dr Adam Claasen
Size: 234 x 153mm or 9¼ X 6 in
Pages: 224 pages, plus 8 pages maps and photographs