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Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain (1977 original; edició 1979)

de Len Deighton

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Len Deighton provides a detailed account of how the human factor influenced every twist and turn of this battle. Here is the vivid story of the men who developed radar, fought each other in the skies and those who simply engaged in vicious vendetta.
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Títol:Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain
Autors:Len Deighton
Informació:Triad (1979), Paperback, 335 pages
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Fighter covers the traditional period of the Battle of Britain and the build-up to it, describing the war in the air as much from the German point of view as the British.
Deighton explains both the political and personal machinations and how they influenced technical decisions and affected the efforts of both countries. There are short biographies of the major "players", from the commanders down to the pilots in the field. It covers the errors made in the strategic, tactical and technical decisions made by both sides with remarkable objectivity.
Many 'myths' about the Battle addressed are punctured by Deighton, which leaves one to conclude that the RAF achieved their main aim - merely to survive as an effective fighting force - largely because they made fewer mistakes than did the German Luftwaffe.
Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding is Deighton's hero in this book, being one of the few people who perceived the situation accurately. Deighton argues that his strategy prevented a German victory. Despite winning the battle, Dowding was very badly treated by the Whitehall bureaucracy and dismissed - along with Keith Park, commander of 11 Group which had borne the brunt of the fighting - shortly after the victory.
  MasseyLibrary | Mar 21, 2018 |
Having read a few Len Deighton books as a teenager, I thought I had the measure of his work - good, though unspectacular, thrillers. Luckily, a few comments by Charles Stross have led me to revise that view, and I am now a fan of Deighton's tight, controlled prose. In some ways extolling a behaviourist view of personality, the lightness of touch with which motivations and feelings are addressed gives an impressionistic and yet surprisingly engaging view of his characters - this style suits history just as well as spy fiction.

In "Fighter", Deighton's literary style combines with meticulous, thorough and perceptive historical analysis to produce a gem of a book. Respectful and yet incisive, it paints a vivid picture of the events of the Battle of Britain, from both sides of the channel. For a more succinct review, I can only lend weight to the words of Clive James: "Deighton has managed to give the while event a clarity which it lacked. Above all the machines mattered, and on those he is tremendous." ( )
  gbsallery | Dec 10, 2009 |
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Eventually the British staved off defeat because they were better led and organised. The German fighter and bomber formations were well commanded at operational level but the generalship in the higher echelons was suspect and at the very top there was no firm control apart from Goering’s caprice. Deighton persuasively analyses the contending systems. He is good on the personalities but is well aware that the impersonal mattered at least as much. Above all, the machines mattered, and on those he is tremendous.

Each type of aircraft is traced through its full history. You are told what they were like to fly. There are diagrams to show how they compared in performance. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 could turn inside the Hurricane, which could turn inside the Spitfire. You will find out why dogfights always moved downwards. There is almost no end to what you will find out: even small boys who thought they were clued-up will be open-mouthed. Deighton can do all this because he looks upon aircraft as works of art as well as articles to serve a purpose. After the Futurist movement’s embarrassing enthusiasm it became unfashionable to take an aesthetic interest in machines, but Deighton is independent enough to respond to them with his whole soul.
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Len Deighton provides a detailed account of how the human factor influenced every twist and turn of this battle. Here is the vivid story of the men who developed radar, fought each other in the skies and those who simply engaged in vicious vendetta.

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