The Good Fight: Battle of Britain Propaganda and The Few

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byGarry Campion

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How critical was propaganda to national survival during the Battle of Britain? The struggle for air supremacy lasted for just sixteen weeks during the summer and autumn of 1940, yet its outcome was vital in thwarting Hitler's invasion plans. The RAF's 'fighter boys', Churchill's 'Few', were central to that achievement, sustaining the morale of millions through their heroism. A propaganda victory within a military success, the Air Ministry daily projected their prowess through its Air Communiqués to national and international audiences, using the press, newsreels, and radio broadcasts. Hotly debated in Britain, Germany and America, opinion hinged critically upon these 'cricket scores', which in turn led to the rapid heroicization of the Few into legend. Propaganda organizations, the media, and censorship were key to this accomplishment and are also explored in The Good Fight. Wartime feature films, art and literature further consolidated the mythicization of the Few, influencing the Battle of Britain's post-war historiography. Only more recently challenged by revisionists, these aspects too are assessed in this comprehensive, illustrated account of a key moment in Britain's history.
This book studies the heroicization of 'The Few' during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. A propaganda victory within a military success, it was vital to sustaining national morale.
 

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How critical was propaganda to national survival during the Battle of Britain? The struggle for air supremacy lasted for just sixteen weeks during the summer and autumn of 1940, yet its outcome was vital in thwarting Hitler's invasion plans. The RAF's 'fighter boys', Churchill's 'Few', were central to that achievement, sustaining the m...

GARRY CAMPION is Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts at the University of Northampton,UK, where he teaches and publishes on heritage management, architectural history and conservation.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.52 × 6.23 × 0.92 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230279961

ISBN - 13:9780230279964

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Chronology                                                                                                    
Introduction                                                                            
'A Tangle of Vapour Trails' – British Propaganda and Propagandists
'Squadrons Up' – The Battle of Britain
'Arise To Conquer' – RAF Morale and Tributes to the Few
'Winged Words' – The Aircraft Claims Propaganda War           
'Mastery of the Air' – BBC Home Front Propaganda    
'Finest Hour' – Newspaper and Magazine Propaganda             
'Men Like These' – The Few in Newsreels and MOI 'Shorts'  
'The Sky's the Limit' – The Few and Iconographic Propaganda            
'Combat Report' – Reaching Britain, America, the Axis and the World
'The R.A.F. in Action' – The Few on Film
'To So Few' – Wartime Literature and the Few                         
Conclusion
Bibliography
Appendix

Editorial Reviews

'This is the most authoritative account of the Battle of Britain that I have ever encountered. It covers the events of the Battle itself and its importance to the course of Word War II, but it also exhaustively analyses the contemporary reaction to the Battle in official and unofficial propaganda, in newspapers, films, radio, painting and literature, and the process of mythification which the Battle underwent. Written in a thoroughly accessible style, the book is a remarkable achievement in its breadth, its depth and its mastery of the large array of disparate sources.'- Jeffrey Richards, Lancaster University, UK  'This is a deep, analytical examination of morale maintenance in a beleaguered island.' - Flypast   'An immense, highly detailed, and careful work of scholarship full of subtle nuance and considered judgment as well as informative fact. For anyone seriously interested in the nature and content of the propaganda surrounding the Battle of Britain, The Good Fight will prove indispensable reading. - S.P. MacKenzie, British Scholar