Author: Andy Saunders, ISBN: 9780857335081, Hardcover, Published in 2015, Hardcover
Battle of Britain July to October 1940 RAF Operations Manual, an insights into how science, technology and defence systems helped the RAF win th Battle of Britain.
When the Royal Air Force was called upon to defend Britain from invasion in 1940, RAF Fighter Command was already operating within a fully integrated air defence system that had been set up before the war. This comprehensive command and control system comprised not only the fighter squadrons themselves but also radar, the Observer Corps, Balloon Command and Anti-Aircraft Command. To a certain extent, the fall of France in June 1940 had been brought about through the lack of any centralised and coordinated command and control structure, but it was to be a very different story for the defence of the British Isles during the Battle of Britain that followed.
The Haynes Battle of Britain RAF Operations Manual sets out the planning, organisational and operational details of how the RAF, and specifically Fighter Command, fought that battle. It describes how the system worked and how its constituent parts all meshed together to allow Fighter Command, hard-pressed and outnumbered, to fight the Luftwaffe in an organised and effective fashion. Also examined are the weapons, tactics, operational procedures, equipment, terminology, individual units and organisations, and the inevitable casualties.
The 'Dowding System', as it was known, may not always have worked exactly as planned, but without it the air defence of Great Britain in 1940 could not have had a successful outcome.
About the Author:
Author Andy Saunders is a published author and researcher specialising in military aviation history and in particular the Battle of Britain. He is the editor of Britain at War magazine and a regular contributor to the aviation press world-wide. His books include Finding The Few Finding The Foe, Bader's Last Fight and Convoy Peewit. He lives in Sussex.