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    • Spitfire Pilot

    • By: Flight-Lieutentant David M. Crook DFC, Richard Overy
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    At the outbreak of the Second World War D. M. Crook, of No. 609 Squadron AAF, was at Yeadon, still undergoing his training; by the winter of 1939-40, he had his wings. Successfully applying to return to his Squadron, then on defense duties in northern England, Crook began to familiarize himself with their new fighter: the Spitfire. Soon they were posted to RAF Northolt, and it was at this time that Crook, much to his chagrin, was left grounded, undergoing knee surgery as they flew over Dunkirk.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Joe on 08-20-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • 1939: Countdown to War

    • By: Richard Overy
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond. In this dramatic account of the final days before the outbreak of World War II, award-winning historian Richard Overy vividly chronicles the unraveling of peace, hour by grim hour, as politicians and ordinary citizens brace themselves for a war that could spell the end of European civilization.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The vexed question of inevitability

    • By Zaubermond on 12-15-13

    Regular price: $17.49

    • A History of War in 100 Battles

    • By: Richard Overy
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
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      4 out of 5 stars 31
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      4 out of 5 stars 31

    The object of this audiobook is to introduce listeners to a whole range of military history which has all the drama, dangers, horrors and excitement that we associate with Stalingrad or the Somme. Battles are acute moments of history whenever and wherever they have been fought. Through them we can understand how warfare and world history have evolved. Choosing just 100 battles from recorded human history is a challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating perspective o war

    • By Roscoe's Masked Avenger on 12-22-16

    Regular price: $18.11

    • RAF

    • The Birth of the World's First Air Force
    • By: Richard Overy PhD
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The birth of the Royal Air Force marked a pivotal moment in military history. World War I was frozen in the bloody stalemate of trench warfare, which gave strategic urgency to any means of directly attacking enemy resources and morale. The new technologies of air power held promise, and by 1917 German bombers had begun attacking British cities. 

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Birth of the RAF, 1918

    • The World's First Air Force
    • By: Richard Overy
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents The Birth of the RAF by Richard Overy, read by Jonathan Keeble. The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over 10 years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen.

    Regular price: $19.18