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Spitfire by Leo McKinstry
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"Best book ever re this type of plane."
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For ANY spitfire enthusiasts who want factual,interesting and entertaining stories then this is the one for them – would take care of that ‘what can we buy him’ as long as there is an interest in planes, history and war stories then this is the ultimate, never got boring and even as a woman I thoroughly enjoyed it and more will be ordered for gifts for my plane mad whanau. Certainly takes care of gifts for a while and would be kept as reference too for the aerobuffs amongst us.

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In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. A self-confident Herman Goring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born. Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.

Author Biography

Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator . He has also written five books including a study of the Labour Party and a best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers. Born in Belfast he was educated in Ireland and at Cambridge University.
Release date NZ
February 23rd, 2008
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
John Murray Publishers Ltd
Pages
464
Dimensions
132x197x31
ISBN-13
9780719568756
Product ID
1672365

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