The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain

The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain

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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 the 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.The second Heinkel then attracted fire from four eight-barreled pom-poms and four .50-caliber machine guns as it passed ... example, the substitution of a€œcease- fire gongsa€ for voice pipes, and headphones to aid rapid transmission of orders. However, the main problem was associated with the rapid evasion of the ship because it threw out the HAC (high-angle control) ... these objections, captains were going to depend heavily on the ability of their ships to dodge for some time to come.

Title:The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain
Author:Anthony Cumming
Publisher:Naval Institute Press - 2013-05-31


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