The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain / Anthony J. Cumming.
By: Cumming, Anthony J.Material type: BookPublisher: Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 2010Description: 207 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781591141600; 1591141605.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Navy -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940 | World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, British | London (England) -- History -- Bombardment, 1940-1941DDC classification: 940.54/211
Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
This persuasive study attacks the key myths surrounding the Battle of Britain to revise the relative status of maritime and aviation factors in the defense of Britain. Without denigrating the heroism of the fighter pilots, Anthony Cumming challenges the effectiveness of the Royal Air Force in 1940 and gives the Royal Navy much greater prominence than others have. He vigorously asserts the ability of British warships to frustrate German plans for Operation Sea Lion and to repel Luftwaffe attacks.
The author argues that the RAF took the lion's share of the glory only because its colorful image could easily be used manipulate American opinion. Cumming contends that the 70th anniversary of Battle of Britain should celebrate the contributions of the many rather than focusing on the pilot elite, an assertion certain provoke discussion.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- We can't simply swim over! -- Bombers versus battleships -- Who won the Battle of Britain? -- My system may not be perfect -- Wrong-Way Charlie's navy -- Why we fight? The Battle of Britain -- Conclusion.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Acknowledgments (p. ix)
- Abbreviations (p. xi)
- Chapter 1 Introduction (p. 1)
- Chapter 2 We Can't Simply Swim Over! (p. 8)
- Chapter 3 Bombers versus Battleships (p. 28)
- Chapter 4 Who Won the Battle of Britain? (p. 51)
- Chapter 5 My System May Not Be Perfect (p. 76)
- Chapter 6 Wrong-Way Charlie's Navy (p. 100)
- Chapter 7 Why We Fight? The Battle of Britain (p. 123)
- Chapter 8 Conclusion (p. 150)
- Appendix I Successful Anti-Ship Attacks (p. 155)
- Appendix II Aircraft and Air Force Personnel Losses (p. 157)
- Notes (p. 159)
- Index (p. 191)