Air Ministry Monthly Intelligence Summary 1939: Directorate of Intelligence 300pp. Mint paperback reprint of a 1939 publication. Intelligence summaries from January to August 1939 were issued monthly, and this is a reprint of the summaries that appeared up to August. They cover every country that had an air force of interest to the RAF, and this volume includes Afghanistan to Jugoslavia, looking at Germany, China, Japan, Iraq, Kuweit [sic], the USA and the USSR among others. Of great interest in that the reports show the development of air forces throughout the world, and lead in to the subsequent weekly reports, which were also wide-ranging.
Air Ministry Weekly Intelligence Summaries 9.39 - 2.40: Intelligence Branch of the Air Ministry, 366pp, Mint paperback reprint of a 1940 publication. Air Intelligence went into overdrive when the war started and this is the first wartime volume (to be followed by all the others). Concerned naturally with Germany and the Luftwaffe there are still other interesting items included.
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARIES February-July 1941: Air Ministry, Mint paperback reprint of a 1941 series of publications. 504pp.: All of the volumes in this series have a wealth of information on allied, enemy and neutral air forces, aircraft and operations and they serve as a most valuable adjunct to war diaries and other sources in that they fill in details of air matters often skated over in ground warfare accounts. There is no doubt that without knowledge of the air effort during ground campaigns the picture of the whole remains somewhat lacking - these volumes provide that information in spades!
Air Ministry Weekly Intelligence Summaries July - September 1942: A continuation of the Air Intelligence report series, this volume covers the period betwen early July and September 1942. Illustrated profusely with over 100 photos, 6 maps and with the usual wealth of detail not only of air operations and matters but naval and land matters. ISBN: 9781847918680
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY 11.40-2.41: Air Staff Mint paperback reprint of a 1941 publication. 410pp. : Air Ministry Intelligence Summaries from November 1940 to February 1941.
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY 3-8.1940: Air Staff Mint paperback reprint of a 1940 publication. 548pp. Air Ministry Intelligence summary for March - August 1940, including the first part of the Battle of Britain.
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY 9-10.1940: Air Staff Mint paperback reprint of a 1940 publication. 364pp. : Air Ministry Intelligence Summaries from September to October 1940.
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY August 1941-January 1942: Air Ministry, Mint paperback reprint of a 1941 series of publications. 516pp.: Reports on air warfare and air forces for the period August 1941 to the end of January 1942.
AIR MINISTRY WEEKLY INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY January-April 1942: Air Ministry, Mint paperback reprint of a 1942 series of publications. 463pp.: The continuing intelligence story of the air war including the war in the Far East.
AIR OPERATIONS PRIOR TO AND IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION NEPTUNE: Air Staff Mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. 86pp. : This report is a very good introduction to the air operations that were part of Operation NEPTUNE - the assault in Normandy on D-Day. It will give the reader a good general picture, and works well as an introduction to the RAF Monograph (North West Europe Volume III). With 6 maps.
AIR PHASE of the Italian Campaign (to 1.1 1944): - 450p. 12 maps . mint pbk reprint . A very detailed monograph on operations carried out by the US Army Air Force during the Italian Campaign up to the end of 1943. The title covers the planning for the invasion of Italy, Operations BAYTOWN and AVALANCHE, and a detailed narrative covering all air operations from the invasion through to the end of 1943. The text includes both strategic and tactical air operations, and is a companion to the AHB narratives covering RAF operations in Italy.
AIR SUPPORT: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1955 publication. 252pp. This monograph covers the subject of air support of ground forces in all the major theatres of operations in the Second World War. It describes operations in France and the Low countries in 1940, in the Mediterranean, in Burma and in Normandy from 1944. There are 14 significant appendices, one of which relates the history of the German Ground Attack Arm. The book adds to the knowledge of this aspect of the air/land battle, and is a complimentary volume to Air Support in the Second World War (which we also publish) which is arranged in a different way. Readers are strongly advised to purchase both volumes for comparison purposes, and for the differences in emphasis between the two.
AIR SUPPORT IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. 212pp. This is a companion volume to Air Support (which we also publish). It has a different emphasis on the subject and, importantly, includes a number of coloured maps not in the other volume. It starts in Norway, continuing through France 1940, the Mediterranean, Burma and Malaya, and then covers the Normandy operations. The illustrations cover important areas of operations and organisation, and include a detailed map of the German defences at Cassino, and of Operations Crusader, Goodwood and Varsity. Once more, readers are advised that this volume should be read in conjunction with Air Support to get a full picture of this important aspect of the air/land battle as fought in the Second World War.
AIR/SEA RESCUE: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1952 publication. 196pp. Air/Sea Rescue was of great importance in the Second World War, for many aircraft had to come down in the Channel and elsewhere, and their rescue from a watery grave was a great achievement. This book covers both the operational side of this service and the equipment needed to try to save airmen from death by drowning or exposure.
AIRBORNE FORCES: Air Historical Branch, 316pp Mint paperback reprint of a 1951 publication. 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 . 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.
AIRBORNE FORCES: Otway, Lt. Col T.B.H; 534pp, Mint paperback reprint of a 1953 publication. The official history of British Airborne Forces; another of the very reputable and detailed 'Red books' which came out in the early 1950s. This account is complete in every detail, and is a worthy record of some remarkable men.
Airborne Number 4: Airtransported Operations: This is the fourth pamphlet in a series which was issued at the end of the Second World War. The aim of the series was to consolidate lessons learned and, in the case of this pamphlet, to produce guidelines for future airborne operations. The pamphlet covers airborne and airtransported operations, airborne forces and airtransported forces, and looks at organisation, training, operations and supply. It is illustrated with a number of line drawings of signals networks and loading plans for aircraft. It contains the basic format for airborne operations which was the product of such operations as the D-Day landings and Operation Market Garden. ISBN: 9781847910769
AIRBORNE OPERATIONS 1943 (Pamphlet No.1): War Office, Mint paperback reprint of a 1943 pamphlet. 54pp.: Contains a series of doctrinal sections covering all aspects of airborne operations from the planning stage to the landing, with other important factors. A very important pamphlet in that it describes the concept of airborne operations and the way in which British airborne troops were to be used.
AIRBORNE OPERATIONS IN EUROPE: Warren, Dr J.C. Mint paperback reprint of a 1956 publication. 248pp. This is an analysis of the three major airborne operations in northwestern Europe during World War II. Operations Neptune (D-Day), Market (Arnhem landing) and Varsity (Rhine crossing) are all covered in detail with statistical analyses of troops and aircraft/gliders involved. It presents a first class picture of the three operations, and shows why they were planned and how they were carried out. In all cases there is an account of post-drop operations on the ground. This account supplements the detail given in our other publications on these three drops:
ALLIED AIR OPERATIONS 1 OCTOBER 1944 - 9 MAY 1945: SHAEF Air Staff, Mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. 104pp. : This is a good summary of all types of air operations carried out by the Allied Air Forces between 1 October 1944 and 9 May 1945. An excellent work which serves as a guide to further, more detailed, research.
Anglo-American Techniques of Strategic Warfare in the Air: This paper is one of the US Air Historical Branch series, written by senior German Officers after the war, and is probably the only English language analysis in depth of how the Germans saw the Allied air war and its strategy. It covers all important aspects of the air war waged by the British and American Air Forces against the Germans as well as looking at the overall strategy and the Air Forces involved. It also looks at such matters as the problems of fighter escorts for the bombers, as well as the bomber operations and the targets they were attacking. The first half of the paper covers operations by the Royal Air force, the second those of the USAAF. A rare find which is recommended to all historians in that it presents a picture of this aspect of warfare not seen elsewhere. ISBN: 9781847910080
Army Air Forces Stations: A listing of all USAAF bases in the United Kingdom and in Europe after D-Day. Of great value in establishing the whereabouts of all USAAF presence in Europe throughout the Second World War. ISBN: 9781847914798
ARNHEM LIFT: DIARY OF A GLIDER PILOT: Anonymous Mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. 96pp. The story of Arnhem as experienced by a glider pilot who kept this very important record in his diary. It covers just one week from the Monday to the following Sunday, but it is fascinating.
BALLOON DEFENCES 1914-45: Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1948 publication. 746pp. : In any picture or film of London during the war present in the sky was almost inevitably one or more barrage balloons. The balloons were attached to their winches with heavy duty cables, and it was the cables that presented the danger - any aircraft flying onto the cables would be damaged - most often destroyed. This is the story of the balloons and how they were used throughout the war as a static but effective defense against German and other aircraft. The narrative starts in 1914 and continues to 1945. With all appendices and maps.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Air Historical Branch, 655pp, Mint paperback Reprint of a 1947 publication. : This narrative covers the decisive Battle of Britain of 1940. It covers the five phases of the battle from 10 July 1940 to the end of the battle in October 1940 and later. It is a detailed and accurate account of the battle and is a prime source of information on what was seen as the first defeat of the German forces in the Second World War. Absolutely essential for any student of air warfare.
BY AIR TO BATTLE: Paperback reprint. 144 p, maps,Operations of British airborne forces in WWII from the formation of the Parachute Regiment and the Glider Pilot Regiment. Covers all operations including Primasole Bridge, D-Day and Arnhem.
CAMPAIGN IN GREECE 1940-1941: Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 140pp.: When Mussolini sent his troops into Greece they received a drubbing from the Greeks. Britain sent troops and air forces to support the Greeks, and even though this may have been a mistake (in that it foreshortened successful operations in the Western Desert) it was important to show the Greeks and the world that resistance to dictators was important. This is the RAF narrative of the campaign and covers 1940 and 1941. The paper covers land operations by the Greeks as well as by other elements involved and is a good basis for any in-depth study of this campaign.
CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA (RAF Narrative): Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 104pp.: The difference between the campaign in Syria and all other campaigns was that the Allies were fighting the Vichy French, not the Axis powers. Tis is the story of how the RAF was used with ground forces to force a decision in favour of the Allies. An interesting campaign which deserves further study.
CAMPAIGNS IN THE FAR EAST VOLUME III - INDIA COMMAND: Air Historical Branch, 202pp, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. This is the third volume in the Campaigns in the Far East series, and covers India Command from September 1939 to November 1943. The defence of India and Ceylon, expansion of the command and operations during the period are all chronicled. Operations include those during the retreat from Burma and in the monsoon period and in the First Arakan Campaign from December 1942 to May 1943. A prime source of information.
CAMPAIGNS IN THE FAR EAST VOLUME IV: Air Historical Branch, 516pp, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. : The history of air operations in South East Asia from November 1943 to August 1945. The narrative covers planning and strategy, the second Arakan campaign, the fight for air superiority, operations in Manipur in 1944 and in the Siege of Imphal, special forces operations, North Burma, strategic plans for 1945, the third Arakan campaign, operations in North Burma and the reconquest of Burma. Another of the first class historical records from AHB which all contain far more than just a bare history of RAF operations. Of prime importance to all scholars of this area of war. Complete with all the Appendices.
CAMPAIGNS IN THE FAR EAST, Vol. I: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. 76pp. This first volume of the RAF history of operations in the Far East covers events up to 1941, and starts at the Battle of Tsushima. It is a first class resume of the inter-war period in the Far East and is the first of a series of volumes on this often neglected theatre of war.
CAMPAIGNS IN THE FAR EAST, Vol. II: MALAYA, EAST INDIES AND BURMA: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. 264pp. This volume continues the story begun in Volume I, and starts with the last weeks of peace. It then covers the loss of Borneo, air attacks on Singapore and its fall, operations in Sumatra and Java and the First Burmese Campaign. Strengths of both RAF and Japanese air elements are given in detail in the appendices as well as a summary of army strength in Malaya on 7 December 1941 and a note on Japanese air forces in Malaya.
CANADIAN OPERATIONS IN OPERATION PLUNDER: Canadian Staff Officers Mint paperback reprint of a 1946 publication. 118pp. Canadian report complements our BAOR Battlefield Tour Operation PLUNDER and describes Canadian operations in the Rhine crossing and the expansion of the bridgehead from 23 March to 1 April 1945.
CANADIAN OPERATIONS IN OPERATION VERITABLE: Canadian Staff Officers Mint paperback reprint of a 1946 publication. 251pp. This Canadian report complements our BAOR Battlefield tour Operation VERITABLE and describes in more detail operations by Canadian Forces during the campaign between the Rivers Maas and Rhine in February 1944. With 10 A3 colour maps.
CANADIAN OPERATIONS IN SICILY: Canadian Army Staff Officers Mint paperback reprint of a 1968 publication. 770pp. This set of two volumes contains a number of Canadian Army papers on Operation HUSKY and the Canadian effort in that operation. It covers from the planning stage through to August 1943. It covers the whole operation in some detail and is a very good picture of the campaign in Sicily.
Combined Operations Staff Notebook 1945: Essentially a summary of what had been learned about combined operations during the Second World War. Of great importance to the reader in seeing what had been under consideration for D-Day and other operations, this is a valuable source of all information on the subject. Covers channels of command, orders, details of landing ships and craft, dimensions of vehicles, equipment and awkward equipment, and other material. Well worth the read. ISBN: 9781847914675
DECOY & DECEPTION: Air Historical Branch, 370p, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. :Convincing an aerial enemy to bomb empty fields rather than a factory or a military dump was a factor which involved considerable effort and skilled subterfuge during the Second World War. This book looks at the problems and the solutions, not just in the UK but abroad (including German efforts) as well. It is complete with all diagrams and illustrations, and gives an insight into what was a fundamental deception task for all involved in bombing and ground-attack - on both sides.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE LONG-RANGE ESCORT FIGHTER: unknown Mint paperback reprint of a 1955 publication. 337pp. Allied bomber aircraft were vunerable to attack by the Luftwaffe, and during the first half of the Second World War the fighters sent to escort them and protect against the Luftwaffe were woefully short of range, often turning back before the bombers even reached enemy territory. This is the story of the solutions to the problem, and how US and RAF aircraft were able eventually to go right into the heart of Germany to safeguard the crews and aircraft of the bomber arm.
EAST AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1940-1941 (RAF Narrative): Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 302pp. : The campaign in East Africa was one in which British and Commonwealth forces faced the Italians, and won. This is the story of those battles from the point of view of the RAF. Despite being an air paper it contains a wealth of detail on ground operations and can be used as a first class Vade mecum in any study of the area and the period. A rare item of great significance in studying the early form of warfare in the Second World War.
EFFECTS OF BOMBING THE GERMAN AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY: German Aircraft Industry Panel, BBSU 38pp mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. A reprint of one the the BBSU reports - on the effects of bombing on the German aircraft industry. A short but valuable report which includes details of the industry as well as how bombing affected production
EMPLOYMENT OF STRATEGIC AIR FORCES IN SUPPORT OF LAND OPERATIONS: AVM R S Blucke, CB, CBE, DSO, AFC; 98pp. Mint paperback reprint of a 1946 publication. This is the text of AVM Blucke's lecture and includes the original photographs used to illustrate the talk. It draws on the experiences during the Second World War and is a valuable synopsis on the topic. See also "Air Support" and "Air Support in the Second World War" in AHB archives.
Flying Bomb and Rocket Campaigns (Air Defence Great Britain 6): The German V-bomb campaign was meant to bring Great Britain to her knees with an unrelenting hail of pilotless missiles causing destruction and bringing death in an overwhelming manner. The fact that it failed despite some isolated successes and how it failed is the theme of this volume of the Air Defence of Great Britain series. The volume stands alone and is one of the most important. ISBN: 9781847917591
FLYING TRAINING, Vol. I: POLICY AND PLANNING: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1952 publication. 292pp. This detailed description of flying training in the RAF covers the period from 1919 to 1944. It is a historical and chronological account of the subject and includes training before the war, the Empire Air Training Scheme, the crisis after May 1940, the development of training from November 1940 and the 'New Deal.' The writing is informative and of great value to all who want to know the real details of how fighter and bomber crew were trained, where and when.
GERMAN RETREAT ACROSS THE SEINE 1944: British Bombing Analysis Unit Mint paperback reprint of a 1944 publication. 30pp. This is a reprint of an item for which many people have searched for many years. The German retreat across the Seine has been a controversial subject, and although many articles and commentaries refer to this document, few if any quote directly from it. The report was written by the Bombing Analysis Unit of the RAF, and gives a great deal of detail about what happened at the Seine after the Falaise debacle. The figures given contradict the idea that the German Army was wrecked by the time it approached the river, and that few men and very little equipment made the passage to safety on the east bank. Reprinted together with the 3 original maps (at A1 size) showing the crossings used and the bombing offensive against the escaping troops.
ITALIAN CAMPAIGN 1943-1945 Volume II: Operations June 1944-May 1945: Unknown Mint paperback reprint of a 1948 publication. 592pp.: The RAF account of operations in Italy from June 1944 to the end of the campaign in May 1945. The story begins with fall of Rome, gives much information on Operation DIADEM, the capture of Elba, the Gothic Line battles, winter operations 1944-45, cutting air communications between Germany and Italy, the Battle of the Brenner, air cooperation during the last battles in Italy and the final outcome of the campaign. A very important volume in the series on air operations in the Second World War. With 30 maps and other illustrations.
LECTURES AND ESSAYS FROM THE RAF STAFF COLLEGE 1922-1926: Various (Air Council), Mint paperback reprint of a 1922-1926 series of manuals. 470pp.: This publication includes a series of lectures given at the RAF Staff College in the years 1922 - 1926. There are a number of topics dealt with including 'Fighting in the Air,' 'Air Home Defence,' 'War Experiences,' 'Anti-Submarine Patrolling by Aircraft,' 'The Royal Air Force in Iraq since 1918,' 'Morale,' 'Air operations on the N.W. Frontier,' and even 'A study of Marlborough and Napoleon.' Of great interest in that the war experiences are important in getting a better picture of World War I in the air, but the lectures also show what were matters of concern from a policy and doctrine point of view in the mid-1920s.
LIGHT, INTENSE & ACCURATE: US EIGHTH AIRFORCE STRATEGIC FIGHTERS VERSUS GERMAN FLAK IN THE E.T.O.: Souci, Lt. Col. & Thurston. Cap. W.D.; Mint paperback reprint of a 1945 publication. 270pp.: Who could worry about flak in a Thunderbolt at 30,000 feet?" It soon became clear that both high and low level flak was a very present concern for strategic fighter pilots escorting the bombers, and this is the story of the events that took place between 1943 and 1945. Full of detail and a great deal of information of what happened and how the USAAF solved their problems. Recommended.
List of German Air Bases (to 21.11.1941): A listing of German Air Force airfields in Germany as known to British Intelligence at 21 November 1941. Each field has its exact location specified as well as its function and capabilities. Of real value in considering the air defence of Germany as well as the offensive operational potential. ISBN: 9781847918697
MALTA: JUNE 1940 - MAY 1943 (RAF Narrative): Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 182pp. : This is the story of Malta from 1940 to 1943 and it gives the full picture of the island and its strategic importance to the war effort in the Mediterranean. It covers all air operations by the British, Italian and German air forces involved and provides a great deal of detail on Malta's importance in the war in North Africa.
MANNING (ROYAL AIR FORCE): Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 314pp.: Providing the personnel to perform military tasks is often problematic even in wartime - each of the services needs men (and women) and skills have to be assessed to try to put the right people in the right place - with varying degrees of success. This RAF narrative shows how it went about its manning and how it solved the many problems that arose. It includes details of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Reserve.
MIDDLE EAST CAMPAIGNS Vol. I : Libya and the Western Desert 1939-June 1941: Air Historical Branch, 266pp. Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. The war in North Africa saw the development of tactical air support by the RAF as well as standard interdiction and bombing operations. This is the first os a series of volumes covering RAF operations in the area, and looks at operations in Libya and the western desert from September 1939 tp June 1940. The rest of this series will follow. The Italians were the first enemy and their dispositions and operations are described, as well as the British conquest of Cyrenaica, the retreat from Agheila to the Egyptian frontier, the encirclement of Torbruk and Operation Battleaxe. This was 'pure' warfare in the sense that few civilians were involved, and bombing was tactical, and this account is a first class work on the period and the theatre.
Night Air Defence June 1940 - December 1941 (Air Defence Great Britain 3): The war in the air was fought as a 24/7 battle and this is the story of the defence against German night air attacks in the first crucial first phase. During the day the air war was marked by growing German reluctance to send bombers over England during the day after September 1940 but at night the bombers came. The defences had to be assembled and nourished while the Luftwaffe made nightly raids particularly on London and the main ports. This is the story of that battle from the height of the daytime Battle of Britain through to the dreary nights of December 1941. An exceptional piece of historical writing, with all appendices included. ISBN: 9781847917560
NORTH WEST EUROPE, Vol. I: PLANNING AND PREPARATION OF THE ALLIED AIR FORCE: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. 232pp. This is the first in a series of volumes covering the Invasion of France in 1944 from the air point of view. This first volume covers the period from the reorganisation of the RAF for cross-channel operations through to D-Day. It gives detailed information on organisation, deception, the Overlord plans, the employment of airborne forces, the air plan for D-Day, and the strategic and tactical plans to delay enemy reinforcements. Of real significance to all students of D-Day because of the depth of its insight into the planning stages.
NORTH WEST EUROPE, Vol. II: ADMINISTRATIVE PREPARATIONS: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. 278pp. There is a military adage which (edited) says
Operation Market Garden: Ultra Intelligence Ignored: This paper argues that Ultra intelligence available should have warned Allied commanders of the risks involved in going through with Operation Market Garden, tha parachute landings planned as the
OPERATIONS IN THE DODECANESE ISLANDS (Sep-Nov 1943): Air Historical Branch, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 76pp.: Operations in the Dodecanese were a side show to the main Allied effort but this paper is reprinted to help complete the story of operations in the Middle East. The narrative includes the invasions of the islands of Cos and Leros. Complete with 6 coloured maps.
OPERATIONS OF 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION 5 JUNE-3 SEP 1944: Mint paperback reprint of an Airborne Forces publication. 58pp. This is a facsimile copy of an original report issued by Airborne Forces HQ covering 6 Airborne Division from the eve of D-Day to 3 September 1944. It gives details of all activities of the division from the landing through to the advance in the second half of August 1944. This is an extremely important document and fundamental in any study of D-Day operations and of British airborne forces. With 5 A3 maps including the landing zones and the Merville Battery complex.
PARACHUTIST: Pegasus Mint paperback reprint of a 1946 publication. 140pp. A personal account of the training of British paratroops which is of great value to all those interested in the Second World War. The book tells the whole story of jump training from the initial 'synthetic' training to the real thing. It also includes details of the gliders and the men that travelled to war in those flimsy contraptions. The book also includes some very personal recollections of training 'to be lawless...
PARATROOPS: Mieschke, Col. F.O. Mint paperback reprint of a 1943 publication. 170pp. This is an analysis of paratroop operations in the first half of the Second World War, by Colonel F O Mieschke, who was seconded to the French Army by the Czech Army, and then moved to London with the French after Dunkirk. Like his book BLITZKREIG (also published by us) this is a soldier's analysis of a new factor in warfare - vertical envelopment. First created by the Russians, paratroop operations were perfected by the Germans and later adopted with great success by the Allies. This book tells the story of airborne forces in Europe and the operations, including the Low Countries, the Balkans and Crete, and then looks in detail at how to get airborne forces onto the ground and into battle. A fascinating and well written study with a number of pertinent illustrations.
RAF AIRFIELDS: DESCRIPTIONS: Air Ministry Mint paperback reprint of a 1944/45 series of publications. 954pp divided into two volumes. The purpose of these two volumes is simple: to describe the location, function and organisation of every airfield used by the RAF in the Second World War. It starts with Abbots Bromley and ends with Zeals, and an appendix at the end adds another thirty or so airfields. Accompanied by two A1 maps showing the location of the UK airfields. Every airfield, even if every trace has now disappeared, can be located with the aid of SatNav equipment as longitude and latitude are given. Fascinating stuff for anyone interested in the airfields and their locations and function in war.
RAF IN MARITIME WAR, Vol. I: Air Historical Branch Mint paperback reprint of a 1940s publication. 406pp. 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.
RAF IN MARITIME WAR, Vol. III - JULY 1941 TO FEBRUARY 1943: Air Historical Branch, 740pp, Mint paperback reprint of a 1947 publication. 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.
RAF IN MARITIME WAR, Vol. V - Atlantic and Home Waters 1944 -1945: 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 maritime as well as air historians. ISBN: 9781847917607
RAF IN THE BOMBER OFFENSIVE AGAINST GERMANY, VOLUME I: Air Historical Branch, 436pp, Mint paperback Reprint of a 1947 publication. : 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.
RAF IN THE BOMBING OFFENSIVE AGAINST GERMANY VOLUME II: Air Historical Branch, 262pp Mint paperback Reprint. 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.
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