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  • Published: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405938051
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

The Few




The story of the early days of World War Two - when the future of Britain depended on the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Airforce's Fighter Command.

In the early days on World War Two, Britain stood alone against the Third Reich. its defence lay in the hands of the men of Fighter Command: The Few.

In Summer 1940, with the odds against them at their most daunting, a handful of American pilots arrived - in defiance of their own country's strict neutrality laws. Adventurers, farmhands, barnstormers, even an Olympic bobsleogh champion swapped the new world for grassy East Anglian airfields. This is their gripping story.

Based on diaries, first-hand accounts and interviews with British airmen, The Few offers a bold new perspective on the greatest air battle the world has ever seen.

  • Pub date: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405938051
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Alex Kershaw

Alex Kershaw is the author of several previous books on World War II, including the bestsellers The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He has written for several British newspapers, including the Guardian, Independent and Sunday Times. Born in York, England, he now lives in America with his wife and son.

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Praise for The Few

“Epic storytelling . . . courage and comradeship with personal sacrifice. Kershaw's tone is enthusiastic and colourful; his style demotic and demonstrative; his research gives vivid voice to the "Few"”

The Times

“Fine, deeply moving scintillating . . . in the battle scenes this book soars heavenward like one of the Spitfires”

Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph


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