Battle of Britain 1940 – The Finest Hour’s Human Cost written by Dilip Sarkar and published by Pen and Sword Books. – Hardback – £30.00 – Pages 353.

I would like to say that I have really looked forward to reading this book, by one of the leading historians and experts on the subject Dilip Sarkar. This book looks at the Battle of Britain, on it’s 80th anniversary, but it’s not just the battle it looks at the men involved in the event by using interviews, letters, diaries and correspondence. But it’s not just the well-known names, it also looks at some of the lesser known names who served from other countries in such as Poland, Canada and New Zealand. The book delicately weaves both the information about the life and the battle along with the stories and thoughts of the men flying. The Battle of Britain was such a momentous moment in British history, this book really does pay a fitting tribute to all the brave men involved. While this event may be forgotten by today’s generation, this very well written and researched book does them great credit and service. It’s like a be all and end all book where it becomes one the books to always refer to. It was nice to read not just about British pilots involved as we read about a German pilot and ground crew also killed during the event, showing that the battle didn’t just affect a few but both sides of the cause.

In conclusion, this is a beautifully well written book and the excellent research by the author clearly shines through, and is a definitive account of an event in British history. I would fully recommend this book to others for a blockbuster read.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.