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Longley Base, 1940.

Three squadrons - two Hurricane and one Spitfire - are recovering at RAF Longley from the battles of the British retreat from France.

Pilots such as Officer Roy Taylor spend their days waiting for the telephone to ring and for someone to shout 'Scramble!'.

But they will not be kept waiting for long.

The enemy is preparing for a special mission, one that will hurt the Tommies close to home.

In the eyes of the enemy, the British did not have the planes to replace those destroyed, or the pilots to take the place of those killed, in battle.

It was time to deliver a final crushing blow.

Major Sepp von Hondorf delivers the orders: a hit-and-run raid, concentrating on the aerodromes and the radar stations on the South-East of England.

Their target: the Longley base. Their weapon: the deadly Ju 87 Stake dive-bomber.

But in the ensuing battles between the Allies and the Enemies, Officer Taylor is shot down, landing in occupied France.

His fellow pilots must set out to find and retrieve their lost friend.

Can the Spitfire squadron exact vengeance against the Stuka men before they are hit once more?

It will be a dangerous mission - one that will teach them the truth meaning of total war.

'Battle Climb' is an action-packed military thriller set during the build-up to the German invasion of England, and told with authentic and well-researched detail.

Praise for Richard Townshend Bickers:

'A thrilling page turner.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'Trade Off'.

Richard Townshend Bickers volunteered for the RAF on the outbreak of the second world war and served, with a Permanent Commission, for eighteen years. He wrote a range of military fiction and non-fiction books, including 'Torpedo Attack', 'My Enemy Came Nigh', 'Bombing Run' and 'Summer of No Surrender'.


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Hardback Editions

June 1981 : UK Hardback

Title: Battle Climb
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
ISBN: 0-7091-8449-2 / 978-0-7091-8449-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Battle Climb
Author(s): Richard Townshend Bickers
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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