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ISBN: 9780857040695
AUTHOR: Martin Bowman
With a Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE
The Immortal Few
The Immortal Few
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The Immortal Few is a commemoration of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It covers the perilous weeks in 1940 during which ‘The Few’ thwarted the Nazis in the prelude to their planned invasion of Britain. The book includes photographs and personal reminiscences from that critical period, along with the complete text of Churchill’s epic speech on ‘The Few’ made on 20 August 1940.

The Immortal Few principally celebrates, through the incomparable photography of Martin Bowman, the surviving aircraft from the Battle of Britain and later war years now represented by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. As Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon says in his Foreword to the book:

‘The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is not just a collection of iconic aircraft. It is a national statement, and it is a national treasure. A statement because it reminds the world that freedom must be fought for and was those 70 years ago when Great Britain stood alone. And a statement, too, that we do not forget the sacrifice of all those who flew then and throughout World War 2.’

Seven decades have passed. Yet our nation’s pride in the heroism of those airmen lives on. Indeed the memorial flame burns brighter still, even as ‘The Few’ grow fewer. In stories, books and films, through Memorials and annual Remembrance Services, their brave exploits are commemorated. In the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight we have a permanent and stirring reminder of the aircraft that carried us through the Battle of Britain and in the perilous years that followed, on to the ultimate victory.

Martin Bowman’s interest in WWII and contemporary British and US aviation was fired by the proliferation of US and RAF air bases in his native East Anglia. This is his 100th book. He has authored books and articles on military and commercial aviation as well as photographic books on a variety of subjects since his first book, Fields of Little America, was published in 1977. All have been built up from many years of painstaking and fact-finding research, interviews and correspondence with contributors in America, Europe and throughout the world. His quest has taken him to all parts of the world, to over 25 countries, including the USA, Africa, Australia and Russia. He has flown into the world’s war zones of Mogadishu, Somalia and Bosnia and he has participated in German and USAFE air/land and night air/drop missions aboard C-160 and C-130 Hercules aircraft. He has flown in many other military aircraft including B-17 Flying Fortresses, the Liberator, Lancaster, Dakota and the Canadian Snowbirds as well as landing aboard and being catapulted from, the USS John F Kennedy in the C-2 Greyhound during an embark in the Mediterranean. In 2004 he became one of the few Englishmen to fly in a B-52 Stratofortress.

Matin has produced several photographic books including, for Halsgrove, Airs and Graces, which features a collection of his evocative air-to-air shots, Norfolk: Above And Beyond, Echoes of East Anglia, Memories of the Air War in East Anglia and Ghost Fields of East Anglia. For many years he has been a frequent contributor of photographic and written articles to aviation journals in Britain, the United States and Australia. In 1999 he was appointed as an official researcher for DERA. Martin lives in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 069 5, hardback, 260x270mm, 144 pages. Published August 2010.

Classic Aircraft Moods - Airs & GracesClassic Aircraft Moods - Airs & Graces - £12.99
Martin Bowman is among the best-known aircraft photographers in the country. This book portrays many of the best of his photographs taken at classic air displays and one-off shows throughout Britain and sometimes further afield.
A Dictionary of the Battle of BritainA Dictionary of the Battle of Britain - £19.99
While many books detail the story of ‘The Few’, and describe the technical details of the aircraft and the aircrew who took part on both sides, here for the first time is a book that provides a useful background to every aspect of the conflict. Compiled by Geoff Simpson.
Web Price: £24.99
28.96 EUR 31.24 USD 40.93 AUD

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