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The Most Dangerous Enemy 7: Strength for Battle

April 10, 2011

This chapter is mostly concerned with the economic and logistical aspects of the forces pre-battle.

It gives us production figures, readiness rates and expected attrition rates (based on the previous campaigns in Spain, Poland and the German offensive in the West). All are well-sourced, and give a good notion of the time pressure the Germans were under to knock out Britain as quickly as possible before economic realities set in and would have made this an impossibility.

It also gives an account of the political pressures that led to Hurricane squadrons sent to France over the objections of Dowding.

An intriguing chapter, albeit a bit dry due to the amount of statistics quoted. It really makes one wonder whether or not the German objective of beating the RAF was realistic at all.

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