The RAF Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots' Kitbag : The Ultimate Guide to the Uniforms, Arms and Equipment from the Summer of 1940

Description

The scenes are familiar ones; the young Brylcream Boys sat at dispersal waiting for the haunting call of Scramble , lounging in their shirt sleeves and fur-lined boots, their leather flying helmets lying limp by their side. But what did the RAF fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain really wear, and what vital items would their kitbags have held? The casual air of the dashing pilots of Fighter Command in the Spitfire Summer of 1940 conceals a necessarily professional approach to their task of holding Hitler s Luftwaffe at bay. Therefore, each item of clothing and equipment they wore and carried had a role and a function, be it for warmth and comfort, communication, or for fighting and survival. All the objects that an RAF fighter pilot was issued with during the Battle of Britain are explored in this book in high-definition colour photographs, showing everything from the differing uniforms, to headgear, personal weapons, gloves, goggles, parachute packs and the essential Mae West life jacket. Each item is fully described and its purpose and use explained. Relive Britain s finest hour as never before through the actually clothing and accoutrements of The Few .

Details

Author(s)
Mark Hillier
Format
Paperback | 114 pages
Dimensions
189 x 246 x 10.16mm | 417.3g
Publication date
18 May 2018
Publisher
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint
FRONTLINE BOOKS
Publication City/Country
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1473849993
ISBN13
9781473849990
Bestsellers rank
789,771