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A bloody summer : the Irish at the Battle of Britain / Dan Harvey.

By: Harvey, Dan, 1959-.
Publisher: Newbridge, Co. Kildare : Merrion Press, 2020Description: xxii, 112 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781785373251.Subject(s): Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940 | World War, 1939-1945 -- IrelandDDC classification: 940.54 Summary: The Battle of Britain, one of the greatest air battles in the history of warfare, saw air power come of age and was an early turning point in the Second World War. In the summer of 1940, the German army had mercilessly swept aside all before them with astonishing speed and were perched on the northern coastline of France. Outright victory over all of Europe was impeded only by the expanse of the English Channel. The supremely confident, yet-to-be defeated Luftwaffe were eager for more action, to claim victory over an outnumbered RAF, and to clear the skies for the amphibious invasions of Britain and Ireland. It was vital that they be denied, and so an epic battle began that was to rage for more than three months. In the thick of it, in the cockpits of the RAF's Spitfire and Hurricane fighter squadrons, were a great many Irishmen. They were engaged in the ferocious aerial exchanges, the audacious 'dog-fights' and the tireless interceptions of German bombers and their fighter escorts. Theirs is a widely misunderstood and undervalued contribution to the Allies' victory in the Battle of Britain, but now, in A Bloody Summer, Dan Harvey tells their remarkable story for the first time.
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Includes bibliographical references (page 106) and index.

The Battle of Britain, one of the greatest air battles in the history of warfare, saw air power come of age and was an early turning point in the Second World War. In the summer of 1940, the German army had mercilessly swept aside all before them with astonishing speed and were perched on the northern coastline of France. Outright victory over all of Europe was impeded only by the expanse of the English Channel. The supremely confident, yet-to-be defeated Luftwaffe were eager for more action, to claim victory over an outnumbered RAF, and to clear the skies for the amphibious invasions of Britain and Ireland. It was vital that they be denied, and so an epic battle began that was to rage for more than three months.
In the thick of it, in the cockpits of the RAF's Spitfire and Hurricane fighter squadrons, were a great many Irishmen. They were engaged in the ferocious aerial exchanges, the audacious 'dog-fights' and the tireless interceptions of German bombers and their fighter escorts. Theirs is a widely misunderstood and undervalued contribution to the Allies' victory in the Battle of Britain, but now, in A Bloody Summer, Dan Harvey tells their remarkable story for the first time.

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