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How the Battle of Britain was won

It wasn’t just won by pilots. During 1940, Germany built only 1,870 fighters, falling well short of its plan — and less than half the British output for the same year, according to Richard Overy’s fine little study, The Battle of Britain: The Myth and the Reality.

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It wasn't just won by pilots. During 1940, Germany built only 1,870 fighters, falling well short of its plan -- and less than half the British output for the same year, according to Richard Overy's fine little study, The Battle of Britain: The Myth and the Reality.

It wasn’t just won by pilots. During 1940, Germany built only 1,870 fighters, falling well short of its plan — and less than half the British output for the same year, according to Richard Overy’s fine little study, The Battle of Britain: The Myth and the Reality.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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