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Neutrality A very fast read ven though I have limited knowledge of WWII battles and less about fighter pilots and airplanes I recommend it without reservation There are three groups of Americans who went to World War II long before the US Revived entered the war First there was a group of Chinese American pilots from Eugene Oregon who travelled to China and flew against the Japanese Almost nothing has been written about these brave Americans Then there was the American Volunteer Group the Flying Tigers whosexploits are almost mythic Then there were those Americans who in violation of American neutrality travelled to England and flew for England against Germany The Few is about some of the pilots in this latter group who seven in number flew during the Battle of Britain in Student Research Projects in Calculus effect the few of the few Only one of the seven would survive the war The Few follows thexploits of these brave men where they came why they fought how they lived and how they died It was a time when just a few men could make a big difference and Alex Kershaw did a first rate job of telling thier story Now if someone would just write a book about those Chinese pilots from Oregon now that would be something I picked up a copy of this book at the airport in Singapore a few years back and read it cover to cover by the time my plane had landed at Sydney airport in Australia A pretty good book covering the xploits of a number of American pilots who joined the Royal Air Force and its fighter suadrons during the Battle of Britain The story is well told and the book was a joy to read covering an aspect not normally found in many history books again highly recommended reading Never have so many owed so much to so few Winston Churchill 1940 during the Battle of Britain There were many great leaders in WWII but in my mind there were 2 who were the greatest Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Churchill for his vision compassion and determination and Roosevelt for his humanity foresight and conscience to fight with his countrymen to come to the aid of England and the worldThis is the second book
I ve read by Alex Kershaw and I was not disappointed ve read by Alex Kershaw and I was not disappointed Few is the story about American pilots who went to the aid of England when the German war machine was zeroing in to destroy her The Americans had to give up their rights as US citizens due to US neutrality laws to fly RAF Spitfires and fight the Hun It is also a story of a nation that ven when faced with overwhelming odds stood courageously to face the Nazis Finally Kershaw gives us a view into the Love for Imperfect Things enemy and howven with their advantage of numbers in pilots and war aircraft were humiliated *And Repeatedly Turned Back *repeatedly turned back the Royal Air Force aided by the few American Eagle Suadron The title of this book really has two meaningsfirst the Few refers to the RAF in the Battle Our The Few is the never before told story of these thrill seeking Americans who defied their country's neutrality laws to fly side by side with England's finest pilots They flew the lethal and legant Spitfire and became knights of the air With minimal training and plenty of guts they dueled the skilled pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe in the blue skies over England They shot down several of Germany's fearso. If you are into WWII aviation this book will capture your attention The author tells the personal stories of the first Americans to fight in WWII on the side of the British they broke many laws to do so but knew the coming storm of war would not abate once Europe fell to Adolph Hitler and his military Britain was in a time of dire need and unlike many Americans and
Their Isolationist Lives These Young Men Risked Everything And comfortable lives these young men risked verything and most cases ultimately paid with their lives to fly in the RAF fighting the Luftwaffe Without the dedication and sacrifice of men like these and many other men from other countries as well Britain might not have survived the Battle of Britain I am in awe of people with such convictions I thought mine were strong but compared to these guys I m an amateur The Few The American Knights of the Air Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain by Alex Kershaw Published by Da Capo PressCategory World War II Publication Date October 24 2006Every once in awhile you come across a very uniue and interesting story that very few people know about so is the case with this book It is the story of a few brave Americans who joined the fight to save England These young men were flight Taking Instruction (Taboo, enthusiasts who had a great desire to fly They made their way to England to join the Royal Air Forceven though they could lose their American Citizenship by defying the United States neutrality at the beginning of World War II These young men had to fight to get accepted into the RAF ven when England was hurting for pilots Part of the
Problem Was That These was that these had very little flight time and none in a combat situationThe first Few ight to be Divertimento exact all were killed in combat accept one who survived the warThe book gives a vivid description of thexploits of these men and the air battle over Great Britain Very few people to this day are aware of the sacrifices made by these young men both in the United States and Great BritainA wonderful read Love Is a Fairy Tale especially for those World War II buffs but also one that should interest those looking for something different to read This is a very good readIf your interested in The Battle of Britain you should check this out 7 brave American s choose to ignore america s neutrality and face arrest to help Britain in her hour of needTrue hero s I really think highly of Alex Kershaw s ability to blend the horrors andxcitement of war with thorough research and a recognition that these are young men in this case risking their lives for philosophical commitments like freedom and patriotism as well as acknowledging that they were also high flying dare devils who really wanted to fly The 7 Americans and one American under Canadian passport who are the center of this book risked prison to fly for the British in 1940 because of America s commitment to. By the summer of 1940 World War II had been under way for nearly a year Hitler was triumphant and planning an invasion of England But the United States was still a neutral country and as Winston Churchill later observed the British people held the fort alone A few Americans however did not remain neutral They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to fight Hitler's air aces and help save Britain in its darkest ,
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F Britain as mentioned in one of Churchill *s most famous speeches second it also refers *most famous speeches second it also refers the few Americans who came to England while the United States was still neutral to fly and fight with their English brother airmen in the RAF We seldom hear of those original seven Americans who risked their citizenship to join the fight against the Nazis And what a group they were a two time Olympic gold medalist in bob sledding a 4 10 fellow Who Needed A Pillow To needed a pillow to the Spitfire instruments the son of White Russian immigrants and just plain Joes Only one of these pilots survived the war The author uses xcerpts from logbooks diaries and letters to flesh out the characters of these men He
ALSO PROVIDES THE STORIES OF THEprovides the stories of the Luftwaffe aces specially Galland and Molder who ruled the skies over the Channel at least for a while It is a wonderful book which tells of the heroics of those men who felt that they must come to the aid of England in her darkest hour The final sentence in the book pretty much tells it all In Sussex on the gravestone of RAF Pilot Officer Billy Fiske the first American pilot to die in the Battle of Britain the following words are inscribed for all to seeAN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO DIED THAT ENGLAND MIGHT LIVE The dramatic and unforgettable story of ight young Americans who joined Britain s Royal Air Force disregarding their country s neutrality laws and risking their citizenship In a few months they became highly skilled and helped England win the Battle of BritainAlex Kershaw manages to tell a riveting story from both the British and German perspective This sometimes reads as a young boys suspense novel but not with a happy nding In the Bangkok Wakes to Rain end only one survives to tell the tale Everyone knows Churchill s famous uote from the Battle of Britain But of the few 20% were not British but were from other nations And within that small group was anven smaller group a Few Americans officially 7 but actually 8 you ll just have to read the book to find out These few pilots were breaking the law the Neutrality Act and had to sneak out of the US and into the UK There are some amazing adventures just getting there Mr Kershaw seems to bring the skills of a novelist to telling the history of small groups The book grabs you and never lets go These pilots sacrifice a lot to help defend Britain The hectic pace of battle the The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery excitement and terror of flying the appalling losses on both sides the famous aces of both sides are all here The US ambassador to the UK Joseph Kennedy does not come off well here He along with many others thought the Brits would be defeated Instead the battle was turned barely in time and these Americans were there to help Read The Few The American Knights of the Air Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain and you will come to see itasily get 5 Star. Me aces and were feted as national heroes in Britain By October 1940 they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation At war's Darkmere end just one of the Few would be alive The others died flying wearing the RAF's dark blue uniformach with a shoulder patch depicting an American agle As Winston Churchill said Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so fe.