Many readers will already be familiar with Otway's history of airborne forces and with Bill Buckingham's equally important history of the development of airborne forces (also published by MLRS). This is the story from the point of view of the Air Ministry and is a very good companion to the already mentioned texts. It covers the initial stages of formation of airborne forces, and then covers the operations. Appendices add more detail about parachutes, gliders, aircraft, operating procedures and other factors. Accompanied by some valuable maps and photographs.