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Book Review - The Few – July-October 1940

By: Alex Kershaw (950/35734)
Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-718-14746-4)

In the bleak, early days of the Second World War Britain stood alone against the terror of Hitler’s all-conquering Third Reich. Our future and the future of the free world hung on the balance; our defence rested in the hands of the men flying the Spitfires and Hurricanes of Royal Air Force Fighter Command.

They were Churchill’s Few

And when the odds against success were at their most daunting, a handful of American pilots flew with them – in defiance of their own country’s strict neutrality laws. There were fewer than ten of them – adventurers, farmhands, barnstormers, even an Olympic bobsleigh champion – who swapped the New World for the grass-strips of South-eastern airfields. This is their story.

The Few is a powerful human tale of courage and sacrifice based on diaries, first-hand accounts and new interviews with veterans of the campaign. It offers a fresh, gripping perspective on the greatest air battle the world has ever seen.

November 2007


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