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Spitfire
Leo McKinstry
Andrew Lownie
Classification : Military History
Pub Date : May 29, 2008
Imprint : John Murray
Page Extent : 464
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780719568756
Price : 899

About the book
In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. A self-confident Herman Göring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born. Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.


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Leo McKinstry
Leo McKinstry is a first-class historian of the Second World War and author of bestselling Spitfire and Hurricane. He writes regularly for the Daily Mail Sunday Telegraph a...(+)
Andrew Lownie
Andrew Lownie first became interested in the Cambridge Spy Ring when as President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1984 he arranged an international seminar on the subject. After graduating from Camb...(+)