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ISBN: 9781841149820
AUTHOR: Geoff Simpson
A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain
A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain
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The year 2010 is the 70th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, a significant anniversary at any time, but possibly to be the last one at which survivors of that historic battle will be able to join in the memorial celebrations. 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, comprising 150 entries covering everything from ‘Ace’ to ‘Women’s Auxiliary Air Force’.

Sample entry: Nicknames – Nicknames for aircrew were often seen as a sign of being accepted and frequently stayed with the person concerned for life. There were plays on names – “Polly” Flinders, “Bunny” Currant, “Sticky” Glew, “Robin” Hood. Some described a personal habit – “Social Type” Jeff was always immaculate. “Broody” Benson would, between sorties, sit slumped in a chair. “Tannoy” Reid was often to be heard on the radio. Some referred to physical appearance – “Woolly Bear” Ritchie was big, but also gentle; “Sawn-off ” Lock was small; “Dopey” Davies was supposed to look like one of the Seven Dwarfs. Others were biographical – “Dimsie” Stones had been caught with the book by Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Dimsie Goes to School. “Sailor”Malan and “Sinbad” Innes had both been to sea before joining the RAF. “Sheep” Gilroy had been a farmer and “Sticks” Gregory a professional drummer. For “Hawkeye” Wells the origins of his nickname lay with his achievements as a schoolboy shooting champion in New Zealand. He continued to demonstrate his talent while flying RAF fighters. “Grubby” Grice, “Widge” Gleed and “Fanny” Brinsdon were among those who claimed not to know the reasons for their sobriquets. For the slight Gleed the name appears to have been an abbreviation of “Wizard Midget”.

Many entries are accompanied by contemporary photographs further enhancing the reader’s enjoyment of this unique publication.

Geoff Simpson is a Trustee of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, a Council Member of the Friends of the Imperial War Museum and a member of the RAF Historical Society and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He has written many articles and a number of booklets on aspects of the history of the RAF in the Second World War.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 982 0, hardback, 298x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2009. Reprinted June 2010.

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