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Last of the Few

The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It
Written by: Max Arthur
Narrated by: Angele Masters, Eric Brooks
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins

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The voices of British and Allied pilots who survived the Battle of Britain come to life in this performance of Last of the Few: The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It. This 9-hour audiobook benefits from composed performances from Angele Masters and Eric Brooks, which lend dignity and gravitas to accounts from the heroic pilots who defended Britain from Germany's deadly aerial onslaught of 1940. Originally written by noted military historian and Officer of the Order of the British Empire Max Arthur, Last of The Few is compelling listening for both 20th-century history buffs and laylisteners alike.

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The last words from the Battle of Britain pilots who saved the Allies from a Nazi victory.

After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German army to land across the channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies - the Royal Air Force would have to be broken. So every day throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties.

Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day, and civilians watched skies crisscrossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain’s very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer’s battle: Its air defenses were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds, 'The Few', as they came to be known, bought Britain’s freedom - many with their lives.

More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the Battle of Britain. These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. Their stories are as riveting, as vivid, and as poignant as they were 70 years ago. We will not see their like again.

©2011 Max Arthur (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • J. C. WOODS
  • 2019-10-22

Outstanding history and personal stories!

This was a most enjoyable and eye-opening book. I hate to think what the world would be like if Hitler had invaded England - which almost happened. Thankfully the RAF prevented that, and this is that story.