Reviewed by Brett Green
"Britain's Air Defences 1939-45" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
As the title implies, "Britain's Air Defences 1939-45" describes the
measures employed by Great Britain against the Luftwaffe in defence of her
cities and industry during the Second World War.
Fighter defence is not covered in detail. Instead, the various technical
innovations and tactics used in addition to conventional day fighters are
described and discussed.
"Britain's Air Defences 1939-45" comprises 64 pages between soft covers.
Dr. Price's text is logically laid out and easy to read. It chronologically
documents the changing threats from 1940 until the closing months of the
war. A series of "boxes", separate to the main text, tackle specific air
defence innovations. This is a nice formatting feature which helps break
down the many diverse elements of the overall subject into bite-sized
The text is generously supported by many black and white wartime photos,
colour maps and various attractive illustrations. Captions for all of these
photos and diagrams are relevant and helpful.
In summary, the book covers:
the initial preparation of Britain's air
defending the initial Luftwaffe air
campaign during the Battle of Britain
developing new defences against night
fighters, including searchlight control, two-seater fighters, AI and
more effective aircraft-borne radars
innovations - some far-fetched - as
alternatives to fighter defences
improvements in anti-aircraft guns and
the introduction and defence against the
V-1 Flying Bomb
"Britain's Air Defences 1939-45" provides plenty of interesting insights
into the ever evolving and innovative tools and tactics employed in the
ongoing battle against a persistent enemy. Considering how broad this
subject is, Dr. Price does an excellent job of covering the main elements of
this often overlooked piece of history.
The many illustrations, maps, wartime photos and information
"boxes" add to this informative and colourful package.
"Britain's Air Defences 1939-45" will be of interest to aircraft
modellers, diorama builders and history buffs in general.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
(Osprey Elite 104)
Author: Dr Alfred Price
Illustrated by: Darko Pavlovic
US Price: $16.95
UK Price: £10.99
Publish Date: March 25, 2004
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-710-7
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