Fighting High Books
The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few
by Christopher Yeoman and David Pritchard, with a Foreword by Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC
Hardback - 128pp - 275 x 210mm.
World Rights - Fighting High Ltd.
ISBN - 978-0-9562696-4-5
The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few is an exceptional tribute to the small group of legendary pilots that served with the Royal Air Force through one of the most critical periods of the Second World War. Portraits of the Few contains over 60 colour illustrations, capturing the images and character of the military aviators who were designated the ‘Few’ by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Accompanying the portraits, painted by artist David Pritchard, are action filled accounts written by Second World War aviation author Christopher Yeoman, recounting gripping combats and ferocious encounters as the respective men successfully resist the might of the Luftwaffe.
Indeed the aerial battle fought during the long and glorious summer of 1940 is now viewed as one of the most decisive episodes in all of British history. Each and every day proved consequential, ultimately shaping the island’s future. It was a struggle which will never be forgotten by the wartime population of Great Britain; it will never be forgotten for generations to come. The Battle of Britain: Portraits of the Few celebrates the airmen’s legacy and is a unique tribute to this group of extraordinary men.
Battle of Britain fighter pilot Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC on receiving his own portrait: “Thank you so very much for the truly excellent water colour, the likeness is remarkable. I was touched and became slightly emotional when I first opened the box and there I was looking back at myself all those years ago.”
'An exceptional tribute ... impressive book ... action filled accounts ... superb profiles of individual pilots ... The anecdotes, memories and combat reports are fascinating and evocative.' (Flypast magazine - September)
‘... something surprisingly different ... portrayed with stark clarity ... expressive paintings … His portrait is amongst the most moving of all.’ (Britain at War magazine)
'Many books have been written on the Battle of Britain, so when one comes along which has a new approach to the subject it catches the attention... The biographies of the airmen include brief historical details as well as gripping combat accounts, recounting some of the life-or-death encounters that they experienced in their determined resistance of the might of the Luftwaffe. ... an exceptional overall tribute to young pilots who served with the RAF and ensured that the summer of 1940 became one of the most crucial turning points of the Second World War. … 60 watercolour illustrations … capturing their faces and character in a rather touching way and making this book a quite personal tribute. ' (Aeroplane Monthly - March 2012 issue)