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eBook Bader's Last Fight: An In-Depth Investigation of a Great WWII Mystery ePub

by Andy Saunders

  • ISBN: 1904943969
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Andy Saunders
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing (December 12, 2007)
  • Pages: 160
  • ePub book: 1699 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1323 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 289

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In this, he presents the pilot he feels was responsible for Bader's loss.

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In the book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction

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In this book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction.

On 9th August 1941 one of the greatest icons of the Second World War, Douglas Bader, was shot down, captured and later incarcerated. In this book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction. He has also continued the quest to find the legendary fighter pilot's aircraft, which holds vital clues.

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In the book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction.

There has been much debate and controversy among historians and in 2003 the author of this book revealed for the first time that Bader may have been victim to friendly fire.

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He regularly contributes to the world’s aviation press on military history topics and has also written for national newspapers, including The Mail on Sunday. Bader's last fight : an in-depth investigation of a great WWII mystery (Grub Street 2007).

On 9th August 1941 one of the greatest icons of the Second World War, Douglas Bader, was shot down, captured and later incarcerated. But by whom, and how? Was it by one of his deadly German opponents, as Douglas Bader himself maintained, or was it by one of his own side? There has been much debate and controversy among historians and in 2003 the author of this book revealed for the first time that Bader may have been victim to ‘friendly fire’. That revelation was followed by interest in the national press and later by a TV documentary. In this book aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his hypothesis, backed up by strong evidence and a wealth of statistics, and separates fact from fiction. He expertly dissects all the material relating to the day itself, and subsequent events. He has also continued the quest to find the legendary fighter pilot’s aircraft, which holds vital clues. And he has startling new material to divulge here also. This book will fascinate all who read it and will be seen by most observers to be the final word on one of the great mysteries of the entire war.

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Gaiauaco Gaiauaco
So, after all these decades we finally find out exactly what happened the day Douglas Bader was shot down. Congratulations to Andy Saunders for the effort required to document it in total detail. We've all read minute by minute accounts, but Andy covers this action second by second painting a clear mental picture for our minds as if we were there.
Hǻrley Quinn Hǻrley Quinn
Andy Saunders has done a remarkable job documenting Douglas Bader's last flight and the events leading up to it. He has painstakingly researched the positions of each aircraft, both British and German while also interviewing surviving participants to reach a highly credible conclusion as to the real events; quite different than the long held understanding of what really happened so long clouded by the fog of war. A good read especially for students of the era.
Bu Bu
Some background: I've been reading WWII aviation books for over 35 years. Douglas Bader was my childhood hero. (Ok, I was an aviation nerd when I was a kid...) I even wrote to him as a kid, asking him for an autograph, to which he kindly responded, and I got to meet him personally when I was a teenager -- a story in itself, he was incredibly gracious and went out of his way to drive across London to visit with us, essentially an anonymous fan family from the U.S.

The reason I mention all this is that recently I've read 2 of the most fascinating Battle of Britain books I've ever come across: "The Most Dangerous Enemy: The Definitive History of the Battle of Britain (by Stephen Bungay), and this, "Bader's Last Fight". Both of these books are somewhat controversial in peeling off the hype from the typical "Reach for the Sky" view of history. (Don't get me wrong, Reach for the Sky is the classic, exciting must-read that ignited my interest so many years ago, but it's not analytical or unbiased.)

Both are incredibly well-researched without being dry, as opposed to many such histories that are full of researched detail but are boring to trudge through. Both of these books leave you feeling you've really learned a much more realistic view of what that era was like.

And both books have been criticized for daring to criticize the legend of Douglas Bader. Despite my being a dedicated fan of D.B. all these years, I was fascinated to learn the negative side of the story. His well-deserved knighthood and reputation for his tireless work on behalf of amputees are not diminished by learning that there are a lot of men who had plenty of good reason to despise D.B., as he risked (and lost) their lives due to arrogance and ego. He was apparently not always a pleasant person to be around (my experiences to the contrary). His treatment of some people (like his loyal batman in prison camp, Alex Ross) was shameful. His ambition and ego directly led to the political backstabbing of the real genius behind the Battle of Britain, Keith Park. His "Big Wing" theory was hyped to the max, but the truth is that it was a failure hidden by outrageous (if understandable) claims of victories. Discovering the reality doesn't make him any less a true national hero for Britain nor a symbol of national pride and courage; it makes the history that much more complex and interesting, and I feel like I finally have some focus on the reality, some closure if you will on the strategic questions of how the Battle of Britain was won, and how many lives were needlessly wasted in the ensuing offensive in the following years.

"Bader's Last Fight" starts off a little slow in explaining the basic scenarios and introducing all the players, but when it hits its stride while trying to piece together all the different viewpoints, this is a can't-put-it-down book. More than most such books, it is filled with interesting, unique, and relevant photos of the evidence and history it is combing through. It's amazing on several layers: both the examination of how Bader lived and led his forces, but also the way in which aviation archeologists like the author go about rediscovering history, from digging in wide open fields hoping to find a piece of bent metal, to the mountains of 60-year-old paperwork they have to sift through to find those needles-in-a-haystack that really answer the questions.

A brilliant book, definitely recommended for anyone who loves Battle of Britain history! (And don't forget Stephen Bungay's "The Most Dangerous Enemy" - read that one first!)
Kirizius Kirizius
Facts are interesting ...but style and structure does not hold the interest of the reader.
Xaluenk Xaluenk
History records that Douglas Bader, leader of the RAF's Tangmere Wing, was downed on 9 August 1941 when his Spitfire collided with a Bf 109, Bader parachuting down to become a POW. Yet, for decades, that scenario has been questioned and now, in Andy Saunder's book, the truth is finally revealed. Part aviation history, part detective story, BADER'S LAST FIGHT is a meticulously-researched, exquisitely-written chronicle of one of the most famous air combats of all time.

Doubts about what really happened to Bader dated from the day he was lost. Was his loss due to a collision or was he actually downed by a JG 26 pilot? Bader, at least initially, wavered between the two before deciding it was a mid-air. Subsequent articles and books including REACH FOR THE SKY repeated this scenario. The Germans felt he was shot down simply because none of their pilots reported a mid-air. And, at some point in time, the possibility of friendly fire reared its ugly head.

Along with being the founder of the Tangmere Battle of Britain Museum, Saunders had written many books on WWII RAF air combat. Intrigued by the Bader combat, he decided to investigate. In BADER'S LAST FIGHT, he covers every aspect of the 9 August 1941 mission, describing and analyzing RAF and Luftwaffe reports, personal reminiscences by participants, postwar histories and films and recent developments including excavations of possible Spitfire crash sites in France and presents what he feels is the true account of the 9 August 1941 Circus 68 mission. In this, he presents the pilot he feels was responsible for Bader's loss.

I have enjoyed few books as much as I enjoyed BADER'S LAST FIGHT. I would give it six stars if possible. Saunders took one of aviation's most puzzling events and then painstakingly examined each and every aspect of that puzzle to arrive at the truth. BADER'S LAST FIGHT is a page-turner; the material Saunders presents is so interesting and interestingly presented that you can't put the book down. In your mind, you can envision him assembling his case like a great lawyer, presenting and analyzing each point in turn. It's a wonderful piece of writing.

Saunder's book is well illustrated with dozens of b&w and color vintage and contemporary photographs of Bader, Tangemere Wing and Luftwaffe pilots and aircraft, crash scenes, diagrams and maps.

In short, this is one impressive book. And it does provide the answer to how Douglas Bader was downed. Who did it? Sorry; you'll have to read the book to find out! Highly recommended.
Whitemaster Whitemaster
Superb book detailing a confusing swirling fight over France. Even the details concerning the breakup of Bader's aircraft dovetail in with the whole story. An excellent account shedding new light to an interesting pilot and his last fight allowing one to draw their own conclusions