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After The Fall Of France In May , The British Expeditionary Force Was Miraculously Evacuated From Dunkirk Britain Now Stood Alone To Face Hitler S Inevitable Invasion AttemptFor The German Army To Be Landed Across The Channel, Hitler Needed Mastery Of The Skies The RAF Would Have To Be Broken So Every Day, Throughout The Summer, German Bombers Pounded The RAF Air Bases In The Southern Counties Greatly Outnumbered By The Luftwaffe, The Pilots Of RAF Fighter Command Scrambled As Many As Five Times A Day, And Civilians Watched Skies Criss Crossed With The Contrails From The Constant Dogfights Between Spitfires And Me S Britain S Very Freedom Depended On The Outcome Of That Summer S BattleBritain S Air Defences Were Badly Battered And Nearly Broken, But Against All Odds, The Few , As They Came To Be Known, Bought Britain S Freedom Many With Their LivesThese Are The Personal Accounts Of The Pilots Who Fought And Survived That Battle We Will Not See Their Like Again There was a time, before America entered World War II, when the British fought absolutely alone France and the rest of Europe was gone, Hitler had crushed all other opposition, the Russians were in a pact with the Nazi s and the British army had been evacuated from Dunkirk leaving almost all of their equipment behind Hitler was planning to invade Britain to end the war in the west he would then no doubt have crushed Russia The only thing stopping Hitler was the Royal Air Force.The RAF, made up of pilots from all over the British Empire, reinforced by pilots from the conquered countries of Europe, had to be eliminated before Hitler s invasion fleet could sail the short distance from France and England These pilots were set upon by wave after wave of German fighters and bombers and performed brilliantly, holding the Nazi s at bay and foiling Hitler s plans.What is really excellent about Last of the Few is that it is written by the pilots themselves, both the RAF defenders and the German attackers It is the very personal story of how these men lived, fought and, in many cases, died The heroism of these pilots and what they did during the Battle of Britain must always be remembered Everything we have today is owed to the Few. If you like military history, this is a very remarkable book It is not a narrative history From cover to cover, it consists of long and short 1st person quotes from RAF pilots recounting missions they flew during the 4 5 month long Battle of Britain It puts you in the cockpit with them, day after day as they take off and fight wave after wave of German fighters and bombers To say it is riveting is putting it mildly With typically dry British humor, they describe the chaos and confusion of fast dogfights, victories, defeats, and getting shot down by enemy planes they didn t even see Through it, you see their fears, not so much of dying, but of being badly wounded or perhaps badly burned or maimed Pressure Tension Nothing less than the survival of Britain and ultimately the war itself was on their shouders Yet they kept going, and won the battle by holding off the German onslaught and not losing Interestingly, Arthur was also able to get quotes from the Luftwaffe aces they were facing, and we get a nice picture of the problems they faced as well It is a remarkable book William F Brown This book is good for even people not into military history due to its readability and easily digestible presentation I loved this book and was thrilled to read firsthand accounts of RAF pilots and not just the British ones either Some of these men really had remarkable experiences that are shocking and difficult to grasp the hugeness of If you like this, I recommend Into the Swarm as well as They Gave Me A Hurricane. This was an awesome collection of first hand accounts from British, Canadian, and Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain This book uses personal recollections to show what it was actually like to train for the RAF and its counterparts and then to fight the Luftwaffe during the attacks in France and Britain Each narrative is short and sweet and allowed me to learn a lot about what the pilots went through I was blown away by the lack of training so many of them had and the outstanding bravery they had to fly and attack with very little knowledge of brand new aircrafts Many of the men were shot down or forced to abandon aircraft and each was a unique story Very interesting read