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Defence of the United Kingdom

'They have sown the wind, and now they will reap the whirlwind'. With this grim warning, Air Marshal Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris, the head of the RAF's Bomber Command vowed vengeance for Germany's Blitz against Britain in 1940/41. He was as good as his word, squadrons of Wellington, Halifax, Sterling and finally the hugely successful Lancaster heavy bombers pounded German cities night after night with ever increasing power. The cost was high, German night-fighters and Flak ground defences meant that losses to aircrew were higher than in any other branch of the fighting forces. But the air offensive was highly popular in a country with few other means of hitting back at the enemy and few at the time questioned the morality of carpet bombing civilian targets. Technical advances enabled raids to be more targeted such as the famous Dam Busters attack. But with the USAF joining the offensive from 1942, the relentless attacks continued, and by the end of the war, most German cities were in smoking ruins. It is still hotly debated whether the air offensive materially shortened the war.

Defence of the United Kingdom



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A study through one pair of eyes of the occupation of Jersey by German forces, 1940 to 1945.

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AIR RAID SHELTERS OF THE SECOND WORD WAR
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This fascinating wartime social history accounts the establishment and use of Air Raid shelters in Britain during the Blitz of World War II. Chapters cover the nature and locations of the raids, the diversity of shelters and the 'culture' and nostalgia of shelter life. The author looks at contemp...

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN DVD
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BATTLE OF BRITAIN DVD
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Forget the iconic 1970 film of the same name : this DVD is the reel story of the Battle of Britain as recorded on film during the battle. Made for a US audience, the film records the Luftwaffe's Blitz on Britain and how the RAF and the English people successfully resisted ikt.

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THE KING'S PRIVATE ARMY. PROTECTING THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
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SPITFIRE SUMMER
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A complete and gripping account from renowned historian Malcolm Brown of the ĎSpitfire Summer' of 1940 when Britain stood alone, braced against the air raids and expected invasion from Hitler's Nazi hordes. A book which puts the story of that dangerous yet heroic season together in all its aspe...

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ACCURATE SHOOTING IN WAR
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Pinpoint marksmanship and handling rifles for the recruits of the Home Guard as explained in a booklet liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams.

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ADVANCED TRAINING FOR THE HOME GUARD WITH TEN SPECIMEN FIELD EXERCISES
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ADVANCED TRAINING FOR THE HOME GUARD WITH TEN SPECIMEN FIELD EXERCISES
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Aimed at the new Home Guard early in World War Two, and the sort of situation they were likely to encounter defending their homes, this little book both advises on tactics, and posits ten situations the Home Guard were likely to face in the event of an enemy invasion.

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ANTI-AIRCRAFT DEFENCE AGAINST LOW-FLYING ENEMY AIRCRAFT
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Sub-titled Ďa handbook for Light Machine-Gunners' and illustrated with photographs and diagrams, this book told its Second World War readers how to make the best of their light weaponry when fighting off attacks by low flying enemy aircraft.

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ART OF PROWLING
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ART OF PROWLING
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This comically titled booklet is one of a series written by Col G.A. Wade for the instruction of the newly recruited Home Guard. This little gem shows and tells how to sneak up on the enemy without being seen.

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