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A list of key readings about Battle of Britain.
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  • Richard Townshend Bickers, "The Battle of Britain: The Greatest Battle in the History of Air Warfare", Salamander, New York, 1990 - A large-format book which includes sections on a number of aspects of the Battle; it also includes good diagrams illustrating tactics, etc
  • Francis K. Mason, "Battle Over Britain", Aston, Bourne End, 1990 - A large, detailed history of the battle, including details on every aircraft loss, with extensive appendixes (e.g. a listing of all RAF aircrew with service details; a listing of Luftwaffe aircrew; etc)
  • Derek Wood, Derek Dempster, "The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain and the Rise of Air Power 1930-1940", Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1990 - The definitive history of the battle, in includes a good overview as well as a summary of each day's action
  • John Ray, "Battle of Britain - New Perspectives: Behind the Scenes of the Great Air War", Arms and Armour, London, 1994
  • Eunice Wilson, "Dangerous Sky: A Resource Guide to the Battle of Britain", Greenwood, Westport, 1995
  • Marcel Jullian, "The Battle of Britain", Orion Press, New York, 1967
  • Roger Parkinson, "Summer, 1940 - The Battle of Britain", David McKay, New York, 1977
  • John Willis, "Churchill's Few - The Battle of Britain Remembered", Michael Joseph, London, 1985
  • Philip Kaplan, Richard Collier, "Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Remembered", Abbeville, New York, 1989
  • Phillip Caplan, Richard Collier, "The Few: Summer, 1940 - The Battle of Britain", Orion, London, 2002
  • Arthur Ward, "A Nation Alone: The Battle of Britain - 1940", Osprey, London, 1989

Specific topics

  • Peter G. Cooksley, "1940: The Story of No. 11 Group, Fighter Command", Robert Hale, London, 1983
  • Peter Flint, "Dowding and Headquarters Fighter Command", Airlife Publishing, Shrewsbury, 1996
  • David Alan Johnson, "The Battle of Britain and The American Factor: July-October 1940", Combined Books, Conshohocken, 1998
  • Alfred Price, "The Hardest Day: 18 August 1940", Arms and Armor, London, 1988
  • Winston G. Ramsey, Wilf Nicoll, "The Battle Of Britain - Then and Now", Battle of Britain Prints, London, 1982 - A massive volume which includes detailed records, and also records the consequences, including 'than and now' photo groups, pictures of gravestones, etc
  • Anthony Robinson, "R.A.F. Fighter Squadrons in the Battle of Britain", Arms and Armour, London, 1987
  • Robert Wright, "Dowding and the Battle of Britain", Macdonald, London, 1969
  • Graham Wallace, "R.A.F. Biggin Hill", Putnam, London, 1957


  • Alan Deere, "Nine Lives", Wingham Press, Canterbury, 1991
  • Hugh Dundas, "Flying Start - A Fighter Pilot's War Years", St. Martin's Press, New York, 1989
  • Larry Forester, "Fly For Your Life", Frederick Muller, London, 1956 - The biography of Robert Stanford Tuck
  • Richard Hilary, "Last Enemy", MacMillan, London, 1950
  • J. E. "Johnnie" Johnson, "Wing Leader", Reprint Society, London, 1958
  • Peter Townsend, "Duel of Eagles", Presidio, 1991
  • Oliver Walker, "Sailor Malan: A Biography", Cassell, London, 1953