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Red Kite are delighted to announce the launch of a major new landmark series of books on the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain Combat Archive Series will form the most comprehensive account ever of The Few’s gallant efforts. Focusing solely on RAF Fighter Command’s clashes with the Luftwaffe, the series covers every combat that took place on every day of the Battle of Britain. Using contemporary accounts such as combat reports, rarely seen squadron intelligence summaries and the newly released casualty reports, the author and his team of experts have broken down each day into its individual combats and assembled the claims, losses and first-hand accounts into a highly accessible format. These combats are illustrated with specially designed maps showing the amount of aircraft involved, the area that the engagement took place and the location of where the casualties came to earth. Each combat and casualty report is illustrated with a photo of the pilot wherever possible.
The series will run to around 12 Volumes and will be published quarterly. These first five volumes cover 10 July – 18 August 1940 when the fighting grew from sporadic convoy attacks to a new level with the spectacular combat over Portland on 11 August which saw nearly 30 aircraft shot down over Weymouth Bay and then the launch of Eagle Day on 13th August and the north-eastern attacks by Luftflotte 5 on the 15th. It also includes one of the biggest days of the Battle, 18th August when the attacks on RAF airfields intensified.
As an example, Volume Three contains:
Over 200 original wartime photos
Approx 25 combat maps
7 Specially commissioned combat scenes by Piotr Forkasiewicz, one of the world’s leading digital aviation artists.
16 new colour profiles
Volumes 1 and 2 contain 128 pages, but because of the amount of action that took place on the following few days, Volume Three is 160 pages and Volumes Four and Five are 144 pages. A4 format and printed full colour throughout. RRP per volume is £25 but you can buy Vols 1 – 5 here for a special price of just £115.
Please click on the link below for sample pages from Vol 3;
Battle of Britain Combat Archive