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ROOF OVER BRITAIN Anti Aircraft Defences 1939-1942 Paperback

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First edition original paperback of ROOF OVER BRITAIN: The Official Story of the Anti Aircraft Defences 1939-1942. Prepared for The War Office and The Air Ministry by the Ministry of Information and published by His Majesty's Stationery Office in 1943.

The book is in good condition with slight wear (light rubbing along the edges, corners and spine edges, minor creasing to corners, a 1 cm closed tear to the bottom spine corner). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. There is minor tanning to the pages and slightly rusted staples on the spine of the title page. There is minor foxing and small peeling along the spine edge of the title page.

Illustrated books published during World War II were produced by the British government to inform people about the progress of the war and the home-defence operations.

The Battle of Britain on the ground, this book describes in detail the organisation of the Home Guard and the operations of Ground Defence, in support of the RAF air effort. First published in 1943, Roof over Britain is written in the spirit of cheerful bravery that typifies the Home Guard operations of the war. "The first thing the Battery Commander heard as he picked himself up was the National Anthem being sung in the remains of the wrecked canteen to end the concert, and the voice of an NCO turning out and organising the fire picquet. Back came the Hun, showering incendiaries, but the workers were too busy to notice them at the time. Four men were killed and a dozen injured, but without the superhuman effort which seemed to come naturally to everybody at the time, some 50 or 60 would have died in the burning camp. And the ATS kept making tea."

Largely untold, Roof over Britain is the story of Britain's ground defences against the attacks of the German air force during the Battle of Britain in the autumn of 1940. It describes how the static defences - the AA guns, searchlights and balloons - were organised, manned and supplied in order to support the work of the RAF.

"This book supplements and continues the story of how the R. A. F. defeated the attack of the German Air Force during the Autumn of 1940..."

Contents include: Foreword; "It isn't Easy to Shoot Down a 'Plane''; The Building of the Roof; The Men who Also Serve; The First Winter; What the Guns Really Do; The Elephant's Children; The Wonderful Visit; The Blitzes on the Humber; The Battle of Britain Begins; The Great London Barrage; Portsmouth Fights Back; Anti-Aircraft Women; Balloons in Battle; Stockade to Barrage; When the Balloon Goes Up; The Crews that Man Them; "A Jerry Went Smack into My Cable''; Balloons at Sea; Postscript.

88 pages. Illustrated with 25 black & white photographs with diagram of the AA Defence system.

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Roof Over Britain by The War Office and The Air Ministry

 


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