The story of the campaign in the Middle east continues in this second narrative volume, which covers operations in Libya and the western desert from June 1941 to January 1942. It includes much detail on Operations Battleaxe and Crusader. Air operations were very significant in the desert and the whole campaign in North Africa can only be fully appreciated by reading the narrative of the RAF about itself and the enemy air forces involved, and the way in which air power cooperated with land forces.
The first of a set of volumes on the history of air power in maritime warfare. The book covers this history from the creation of the RAF to September 1939. Many critics have observed that air cover for convoys was not an RAF priority during the early years of the Second World War; this history shows the attitude of the Air Staff to this eventual problem, and the relationship between the RAF., the Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command in the period leading up to the outbreak of hostilities. Further volumes will cover the war years, but this volume deserves to be read because it sets the scene for later events.
The second volume in the series, covering the RAF in maritime operations from September 1939 to June 1941. It includes air reconnaissance against surface vessels and U-boats, the campaign in Norway, Coastal Command, anti-shipping operations and measures to counter the German threat of invasion. It also relates the first phase of the Battle of the Atlantic and attacks on and defence of commercial shipping. With a multitude of appendices and twenty charts and maps.
This is the third in the series, and covers the period July 1941 to February 1943. Coastal Command is expanded, the RAF joins forces with the RCAF and US air forces in the battle against the Uboats, operations continue in european waters, German surface warships are attacked in Brest harbour, anti-shipping warfare goes on, the convoys to Russia are described as is aerial minelaying. The narrative then concentrates on Operation TORCH, finally returning to the anti-Uboat war. Of fundamental importance in any study of the war at sea. Due to its size this volume is printed in two parts.
THis final volume of the history of the RAF in the maritime role covers operations over sea from June 1944 (including D-Day) to the end of hostilities. It deals with all relevant aspects of operations including D-Day and later, and operations against the German inshore U-Boat campaign, anti-shipping operations, minelaying, bombing maritime targets, and the final campaign against the U-Boats in the Atlantic and Home Waters. As ever the volume is comprehensive and an important source of information not held elsewhere. Of great value to mariitme as well as air historians.
The first of a series of narratives describing the role of Bomber Command in the air offensive against Germany. This volume describes the background and origins of Bomber Command and preparations for war against Germany. Details are given of the expansion programme and equipment, and of bombing policy, plans for bomber command in war and the intelligence machinery set up for this purpose. The first part of a really important series of narratives.
This second volume of the narrative covers the organisation Bomber Command from 1939 to 1941, including HQ administration, the organisation in September 1939, reorganisation of training, supply problems, and the reorganisation of the command between 1940 and May 1941. The opening of the offensive is described together with operations in support of the Army in Norway and the Low Countries and France. The next chapters cover the anti-invasion phase and the book concludes with a description of the offensive against oil and morale.
This third volume in the series of AHB narratives on the RAF in the bombing offensive against Germany covers the period June 1941 - February 1942. The story continues with the need for area bombing, and the rationale behind what is now looked on as an error of judgement, but at the time was a matter of necessity if air bombing of Germany was to continue. A detailed study of the period, and very informative.
Volume IV of the Bomber Command narrative tells the story from March 1942 to January 1943, and is sub-titled "A period of expansion and experiment." Under Harris Bomber Command was expanding, and as near to autonomous as was possible. The most important strategic factor was that America was now engaged in the war, and Germany was the first target. Worth reading on its own as well as part of the series.
A complete history of the Royal Observer Corps from its advent in World War I to the end of the Second World War. Of great value to the social as well as the military historian. The Royal Observer Corps had the role of watching for enemy aircraft approaching the British Isles and reporting numbers and course to their RAF counterparts to give early warning of impending raids. The Corps served throughout the war, manned by civilians, whose reports were of singular value to the air defence of the United Kingdom.
This is the fifth volume of the Air Defence of Great Britain series. It is a comprehensive study of the way in which air supremacy was contested with the Luftwaffe and finally won. The narrative covers from when the threat of invasion was at its most dangerous, and goes on the relate the history of enemy low level attacks, the reducing scale of enemy activity, air defence in home waters and by both day and night over land, fighter offensives, anti-intruder operations at night, German strategy, and preparations for cross-Channel operations (including Operation Jubilee) and all other relevant aspects of the air war. Fundamental to an understanding of the development of air tactics and strategy in World War Two. It continues this important story right to the end of the war.
The woman's role in war was recognised and formalised during the First World War, and the need for women to take on roles that allowed men to engage in the fighting was a significant manpower factor throughout the twentieth Century. The WAAF were not solely "airmen's comforts" - they filled many posts in which a woman's often surer or gentler touch was very effective, particularly in the medical trades within the RAF as well as in sector commands, as drivers, and in operations rooms and on intelligence staffs. This is the the ladies' story and it is worth reading. Covers all aspects of women's service conditions and in the theatres of war.
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