The Birth Of The Royal Air Force

Author: Ian Philpott
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473831709
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Ian Philpott presents us here with a compendium of facts, operational histories and photo illustrations, combined to create a comprehensive account of the early years of the Royal Air Force. Illustrated throughout, it features details of all military operations from 1914 to 1918 which impacted upon the organisation. Also included are operational details of the Independent Bomber Force throughout 1918, a supplementary historical strand that is sure to appeal to Aviation enthusiasts with a taste for features of niche focus. Details of the airfields, landing grounds, seaplane bases and various other landmarks of this era are given, and readers are encouraged to use the work as a reference book, being as it is a weighty tome of encyclopedic scope. ??Sure to make a welcome addition to any aviation enthusiasts library, this well-researched piece of work has been a long time in the making. Philpott brings his typical flare to the project, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to this dynamic, defining period of Royal Air Force history.??As featured in the East Kent Mercury and Essence Magazine.

Changing War

Author: Gary Sheffield
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 144110125X
Size: 31.82 MB
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In 1918, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) played a critical role in defeating the German army and thus winning the First World War. This 'Hundred Days' campaign (August to November 1918) was the greatest series of land victories in British military history. 1918 also saw the creation of the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air service, from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Until recently, British histories of the First World War have tended to concentrate on the earlier battles of 1916 and 1917 and often underplayed this vitally important period. Changing War fills this significant gap in our knowledge by providing in-depth examinations of key aspects of the operations of the British Army, the Royal Air Force and its antecedents in the climactic year of the First World War. Written by a group of established historians and emerging scholars it sheds light not only on 1918, but on the revolutionary changes in warfare that took place at that time.

The Royal Air Force Volume 2

Author: Ian Philpott
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1844153916
Size: 21.79 MB
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Volume II of this mammoth reference work covers the years in which the League of Nations failed because of the emerging dictatorships in Germany and Italy and the expansionist policies adopted by Japan. Britain was still reeling from the consequences of World War I and the RAF was sadly far behind the other major world powers in aircraft design, still relying on bi-planes that were direct descendants of World War I thinking. It gradually became apparent that, despite UK government dithering, the RAF needed to develop new aircraft, engines and increase production to confront the bully-boy tactics of the Axis powers. As the turn of the decade approached extraordinary measures were taken to enable RAF to defend Britain's skies and this her freedom. As with Volume 1, this book covers every conceivable part of the RAF's history through these pre-War days. It looks at the development and invention of new equipment such as radar, monoplane fighters, metal construction and the heavy bomber. This was an era when science in aviation was rushing ahead and fortunately for Britain's freedom, it laid the foundations of victory in 1.945

The Leadership Direction And Legitimacy Of The Raf Bomber Offensive From Inception To 1945

Author: Peter Gray
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 144112313X
Size: 59.47 MB
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This book offers a fresh approach to the debate on the RAF's bomber offensive by using modern strategic leadership theory as an analytical tool to examine the campaign. In particular, it looks at the legality and legitimacy of the offensive and explores the key interfaces between the military leaders, the politicians and allies. It also looks at the major controversies in the aims and objectives of the campaign and the personalities involved. Modern literature from the leadership field is used to consider the challenges facing those charged with the formulation and execution of the offensive. Aspects of the senior leadership disputes are also dealt with in the context of the leadership literature and in the wider context of the strategic challenges then facing Churchill, Sinclair and Portal. A multi-disciplinary bent to the book enables the reader to move beyond the narrow confines of military considerations to the thorough investigation of the legality, legitimacy and morality of the offensive.

Fiat Justitia

Author: Stephen R. Davies
ISBN: 9781861063786
Size: 47.70 MB
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'Fiat Justitia' freely translated means 'Let justice be done'. The RAF Police is the only RAF trade to receive the honour of having its own badge approved by the monarch, as pointed out in the Foreword by Air Commodore J. L. Uprichard CBE RAF. The author of this chronicle provides his readers, whether they be in active service or merely share an interest in modern military matters, with a carefully researched, yet entertaining and enjoyable history of the RAF Police from its birth in 1918 up to the present day. It describes the struggle which took place beween the two World Wars to retain the RAF as a viable entity and the expansion and exploits of its police force during and after the Second World War. The shrinking British Empire and the thawing of the Cold War all had their effect on the RAF Police as did the defence cuts which followed the Gulf War with Iraq. This account of the RAF Police is also a history of Great Britain during these past tumultuous decades and anyone interested in our political changes will find this book most rewarding and enlightening.