The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces, and was also the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date. The failure of Germany to achieve its objectives of destroying Britain's air defenses, or forcing Britain to negotiate an armistice or an outright surrender, is considered its first major defeat and a crucial turning point in World War II.
By preventing Germany from gaining air superiority, the battle ended the threat that Adolf Hitler would launch Operation Sea Lion, a proposed amphibious and airborne invasion of Britain.
This illustrated edition is the definitive single volume overview of the Battle of Britain. Edited by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers, this book encompasses the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of the Battle of Britain.