Letters from The Few - Unique Memories from The Battle of Britain

Letters from The Few - Unique Memories from The Battle of Britain

Dilip Sarkar MBE
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307 pages, including Epilogue, bibliography and index, plus notes, acknowledgements, foreword and prologue.

Aviation minded readers will be aware of Dilip Sarkar. His output amounts to 35 books prior to this one, and I believe that several more are in the pipeline. His driver appears to tell the human story of war. His publications are mainly aviation related, but he has also produced some naval and military publications.

Over the years, he has corresponded with many Battle of Britain pilots, and this anthology is the result. Over 26 chapters and an epilogue, each devoted to a particular pilot (and armourer), he recounts the life story of these pilots. Many of these chapters are linked as the stories of the surviving pilots are intertwined with each other. Overall, the effect builds to a greater understanding of what it might have been like in those far off days.

I enjoyed reading the book. Because of its design, it is easy to dip in and out of, or to read in longer sittings. The language used is jargon free and easy to read. There are multiple quotes from letters and other correspondence with the few, all put into context by Dilip.

If you want to go beyond the myths of the Battle of Britain, this is a good place to start.

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