In this book, Andy Saunders journeys back in time into the cockpits of RAF fighters and Luftwaffe bombers to show precisely where the Battle of Britain was won and lost. Losses were high on both sides, but the determined RAF fighter force began to take its toll on the overextended, under-protected Kampfgruppen of Heinkel He 111s, Ju 87s and 88s, and Dornier Do 17s.
Using the famous Spitfire and Hurricane, as well as the lesser known Havoc and Defiant fighters, RAF Fighter Command could really maul the Luftwaffe bombers if they avoided falling foul of the formidable Bf 109 escorts. Both sides learned and adapted as the campaign went on. As the advantage began to switch from the Luftwaffe to the RAF, the Germans were forced to switch from round-the-clock bombing to launching only night raids, often hitting civilian targets in the dreaded Blitz.
This lavishly-illustrated study dissects the tactics and technology of the duels in this new kind of war.