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Old 31st August 2017, 17:04
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Re: Battle of britian books?

Talking of BoB books with errors, I must mention the one by James Holland. When he wrote that a Ju 87 crew experienced negative-g when pulling out of a dive, I thought it was a misprint. When he said it again later in the book, I realised that he actually didn't understand what he was talking about.

Then he tried to be controversial with his verdict that the Bf 109 was a better fighter than the Spitfire. And one reason? The Spitfire would be out of ammunition in 16 seconds whereas the Bf 109's machine guns could keep firing for a whole minute — no recognition that it was weight of fire per second that mattered in air combat. By his logic an aircraft could be improved by reducing the number of guns but keeping the same load of ammunition.
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