Dogfight - The Battle of Britain

Dr Adam Claasen

This is the story of Australians and New Zealanders in one of the First World War’s defining and most memorable campaigns: the Battle of Britain.

From 9 July until 31 October 1940, the German air force (the Luftwaffe) sought aerial supremacy in skies over England as a prerequisite for an invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion). The ensuing conflict of Luftwaffe and RAF aircraft in the long summer of 1940 became forever known as the Battle of Britain.

Of the 574 overseas pilots in the campaign, the New Zealand contingent of 134 airmen was second in size only to the Polish contribution. The Australian involvement, though smaller, was a healthy 37. The ANZACS  had a compatriot at the highest level in the Fighter Command system: the highly regarded New Zealander Air Marshal Sir Keith Park, who was instrumental in devising and implementing the integrated air defence of Britain around Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft, radio control and radar. In the spring of 1940, he was given the command of Group 11, which would face the brunt of the German aggression in south-east England. The success of Park’s plans and operational initiatives, and the role played by ANZAC pilots and aircrew, would all contribute to the conflict’s eventual successful outcome.

From the Exisle ANZAC Battles Series.

Soft cover, photographs, 224 pages.

Dogfight - The Battle of Britain