The Battle Of Britain, 1945-1965: The Air Ministry And The Few

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

byGarry Campion

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How did the Battle of Britain as it is celebrated today, acquire its hallowed status in British popular memory? Officially recognized as a decisive event in March 1941 by Britain's Air Ministry, Hitler's decision in September 1940 to postpone the invasion of Britain was credited to Churchill's 'Few' alone. A separate campaign waged by RAF Bomber and Coastal Commands against invasion preparations was also significant in Operation Sea Lion's postponement, but was quickly eclipsed despite contemporary British propaganda attention. Beginning in 1940 with both German and British air war propaganda, then later-war coverage, this book additionally explores the commemorative, cultural and historiographic representation of this famous aerial conflict from 1945 through to the advent of the modern age with Churchill's death in 1965. It reveals that several senior Air Ministry officers were strikingly successful in shaping the Battle as a moment of British exceptionalism, misleadingly achieved only by Fighter Command.

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How did the Battle of Britain as it is celebrated today, acquire its hallowed status in British popular memory? Officially recognized as a decisive event in March 1941 by Britain's Air Ministry, Hitler's decision in September 1940 to postpone the invasion of Britain was credited to Churchill's 'Few' alone. A separate campaign waged by ...

Garry Campion teaches architectural conservation and history at the University of Northampton, UK, and has previously published The Good Fight: Battle of Britain Propaganda and the Few, also with Palgrave Macmillan in 2008, and again in paperback in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.79 × 5.77 × 1.16 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023028454X

ISBN - 13:9780230284548

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: AIR WAR, MEDIA WAR
1. 'Seelöwe und Bomben Auf Engeland': The German Perspective, 1940
2. Britain's Fighter Boys: Projecting the Battle of Britain, 1940
3. 'The Battle of the Barges': 'Blackpool Front' Propaganda, 1940-1945
PART II: VALORISING AND THANKSGIVING
4. 'The Greatest Day': Shaping the Battle of Britain, 1941
5. 'Immortal Few': Heroising the Fighter Boys, 1942-1945
6. 'Air Trafalgar Day': Official Commemorations, 1942-1945
PART III: COMMEMORATION AND POPULAR MEMORY
7. 'The Fight at Odds': Revelation, Memorialisation, 1945-1953
8. 'Angels One Five': Historical and Cultural Consolidation, 1946-1965
Conclusion