> Skip to content
Play sample
  • Published: 10 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753526798
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 4 hr 0 min
  • Narrators: Tim Pigott-Smith, David Shaw-Parker, Gareth Armstrong, Patience Tomlinson, Sam Kelly
  • RRP: $17.99

Last of the Few

The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It




Bestselling author Max Arthur's landmark oral history of the Battle of Britain, sharing the voices of those who were there

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 be landed across the Channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies - the RAF 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 criss-crossed 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.

Britain's air defences 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.

These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. We will not see their like again.

  • Published: 10 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753526798
  • Imprint: Virgin Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 4 hr 0 min
  • Narrators: Tim Pigott-Smith, David Shaw-Parker, Gareth Armstrong, Patience Tomlinson, Sam Kelly
  • RRP: $17.99

About the author

Max Arthur

Max Arthur is an author who specialises in first-hand recollections of historical events. He has worked closely with the Imperial War Museum to bring together two books in the Forgotten Voices series, Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War.

Previous titles include The Manchester United Air Crash; Above All Courage; Northern Ireland: Soldiers Talking; Men of the Red Beret; There Shall Be Wings: The RAF 1918 to the Present; The True Glory: The Royal Navy 1914 to Present.

Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force and for some years was an actor.

Also by Max Arthur

See all

Related titles