The Hardest Day, 18 August 1940: Battle of Britain

The Hardest Day August Battle of Britain When the quiet of a fine summer s day was shattered by three massive Luftwaffe assaults it was to herald the finest hour of The Few and the most destructive day of the Battle of Britain This is the t

  • Title: The Hardest Day, 18 August 1940: Battle of Britain
  • Author: Alfred Price
  • ISBN: 9780684165035
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the quiet of a fine summer s day was shattered by three massive Luftwaffe assaults, it was to herald the finest hour of The Few and the most destructive day of the Battle of Britain This is the thrilling minute by minute story of the day that changed the war.

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    • Alfred Price

      Alfred Price seved for 16 years as an aircrew officer in the Royal air Force where he specialised in electronic warfare and air fighting tactics.He left the RAF in 1974 and thereafter he worked full time as a writer on aviation subjects.He holds a PhD in history from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    569 thoughts on “The Hardest Day, 18 August 1940: Battle of Britain

    • Why choose one single day in the Battle of Britain? Simply because it was "The Hardest Day"!That was the day the greatest number of British aircraft was destroyed or damaged - 136 aircraft compared to 100 German aircraft. But it was not mere numbers that made this a compelling tale. As both sides found out, aircraft losses could be made good by factory production. Pilot losses, however, were not so easy to replace.The decision to write this book came accidentally when the author was present at t [...]


    • Without doubt the best non-fiction book written on the Battle of Britain.It focuses on one day of the Battle from sunrise to sunset.Brilliantly and meticulously researched it gives you a great insight into what those days in 1940 must have been like.If you read one book on the Battle of Britain then this must be it!


    • This book provides a concise and unique perspective into the Battle of Britain, one that is narrow in scope and highlights the events of August the 18th in 1940 which is oft referred to as "the hardest day". It flows well with use of first person narratives from participants in the battle. I recommend this for anyone interested in WWII aviation history.


    • An excellent account of the "Hardest Day" of the "Battle of Britain. Literally a blow-by-blow account of the raids and dog fights of the 18th August 1940 and the Luftwaffe's attempt to destroy RAF Fighter Command.Well written. Engrossing.


    • A detailed look at a busy day in the battle. The claims made by both sides go well beyond the reality. Some interesting insights via hindsight.


    • This book could easily have been called "The Hardest Half Day" because things were fogged in until around 1:00 pm. But once things started the action was constant all through the book. It was an interesting and detailed account of one afternoon during the Battle Of Britain. There is so much going on that often it takes longer to read about it than it did to happen in real time. The author also presents a nice balance with accounts by German and British pilots, military personnel on the ground as [...]


    • I have been reading this book regularly since I was a child . I try to read it once a year. It is simply my favourite book on the Battle Of Britain . I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about this event.


    • Or maybe four stars. It seems a meticulously researched book about one day during the Battle of Britain, as seen from both sides. Perhaps because I've read so many books on the Battle of Britain, I did find myself wishing for more consistency as to pilots lost along with how many planes were lost--that is, sometimes when mentioning planes shot down, Price tells what happened to the pilots, but sometimes he didn't. This is a very picky bit of criticism, though. I thought the book was very well do [...]


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