Twilight of the Few

Author(s): Geoffrey Wellum

World Wars

75 years ago Geoffrey Wellum was an eighteen-year-old pilot, about to take part in one of the most important battles of World War Two - the Battle of Britain. He and his other Spitfire pilots helped halt the progress of the Germans and took part in the first aerial battle to have strategic significant in the war. The fighting was intense and the teenage pilots knew that just one second's lapse in concentration might mean death. Two years after the battle Wellum was invalided out of the army, suffering from what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In his new book, written with Simon Pearson, author of the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller The Great Escaper, Wellum looks back his part in the battle, its impact on World War Two and how it affected his whole life. Both vivid testimony and trenchant analysis, Twilight of the Few is an eloquent reminder of June and July 1940 when 526 men - most like Wellum barely out of their teens - died in the skies over southern England.


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Geoffrey Wellum, author of the bestselling First Light, was an 18-year-old spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain in World War Two. In Twilight of the Few he revisits the battle in compelling detail, and reveals the impact it had on him and others for years to come.

Geoffrey Wellum (Author) Geoffrey Wellum was born in Walthamstow in 1921. He joined the RAF at the age of 17 and served through the Battle of Britain, eventually leaving the RAF in 1961. He is now known world-wide after the publication of his widely-acclaimed book First Light, a memoir of his wartime experiences, which was first published in 2002 and became a bestseller. He worked in the City of London before retiring to Cornwall. He is still much in demand as a speaker at World War Two commemorative events. Simon Pearson (Author) Simon Pearson has worked on The Times since 1986. His interest in military history was stimulated by his father who served with the RAF in World War Two. He is the author of the bestselling The Great Escaper, published in 2013 and described by the Sunday Times as 'enthralling, an astounding story of honour and resilience'.

General Fields

  • : 9781473612945
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : May 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Geoffrey Wellum
  • : Paperback
  • : Jun-15
  • : 940.544941
  • : 352
  • : 2 x 8 pg b&w insets