• Filename: coningham.
  • ISBN: UIUC:30112062982514
  • Release Date: 1990-01-01
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Vincent Orange
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

Biografi over Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham herunder hans karriere under de to verdenskrige.

The Bristol Blenheim

  • Filename: the-bristol-blenheim.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105026001599
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 639
  • Author: Graham Warner
  • Publisher: Crecy Pub

Graham Warner is well known as the driving force behind the restoration of a Bristol Blenheim to airworthy status - not once, but twice - resulting in Spirit of Britain First taking to the skies above Duxford in 1987 and again in 1993. In The Bristol Blenheim, he draws on his unsurpassed knowledge of the aircraft to give a truly comprehensive account of its origins, development and frontline service. His account covers the Blenheim's service from the outbreak of war to the Battle of Britain and beyond, both in European and Far Eastern theatres of war. It includes details of not only the well-known Middle East campaigns in the Western Desert and from Malta, but also the lesser-known operations in Iraq, Syria and East Africa. Privately commissioned by Lord Rothermere as a personal aircraft in 1934, the prototype of the Blenheim named 'Britain First' was gifted to the Air Ministry because he feared that Britain was falling behind Germany in aircraft development. Military production gathered pace and by the time war broke out in 1939 there were more Blenheims serving in the RAF than any other aircraft.It played a vital and wide-ranging role in the early years of the war and was used as a day and night bomber, for low-level attacks on enemy troops and shipping, as a night fighter, long range day fighter and in reconnaissance. Losses were high and the bravery of the Blenheim crews unsurpassed as the aircraft was often sent on missions for which it was unsuited. The burden of the early war years fell heavily on the Blenheim and it served with distinction. Yet, it is remembered less than the Spitfire and the Lancaster, until now.

RAF Bomber Command in Fact Film and Fiction

  • Filename: raf-bomber-command-in-fact-film-and-fiction.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015040659263
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 153
  • Author: Jonathan Falconer
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

A record of much that has been filmed, written or sound-recorded in English between 1939 and 1995 on the subject of RAF Bomber Command's offensive against Nazi Germany, which remains highly controversial. Includes an index for cross-referencing purposes.

The Effectiveness of Airpower in the 20th Century

  • Filename: the-effectiveness-of-airpower-in-the-20th-century.
  • ISBN: 9780595430826
  • Release Date: 2007-04
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: John F. O'Connell
  • Publisher: iUniverse

"This volume ... takes a look at the military airpower functions that emerged during World War I, and then examines the development of airpower doctrine in seven nations that developed major military air arms during and after the first World War. They are: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Union of Soviet Socialist States (USSR), and the United States of America ... The text also reviews the use of military airpower in conflicts that took place between the two world wars" -- p. xi.

To Hell and Back

  • Filename: to-hell-and-back.
  • ISBN: 9781921920424
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 226
  • Author: Laurie Woods
  • Publisher: Boolarong Press

To Hell and Back is the story of some of the other Australian airmen who flew with Bomber Command. Laurie Woods either knew these men personally or had heard of them during the campaign.

Strategy for Victory

  • Filename: strategy-for-victory.
  • ISBN: 0275977676
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 241
  • Author: David Ian Hall
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

Strategy for Victory: The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1919-1943 examines the nature of the inter-Service crisis between the British Army and the RAF over the provision of effective air support for the army in the Second World War. Material for this book is drawn primarily from the rich collection of documents at the National Archives (UK) and other British archives. The author makes a highly original point that Britain's independent RAF was in fact a disguised blessing for the Army and that the air force's independence was in part a key reason why a successful solution to the army's air support problems was found. The analysis traces why the British army went to war in 1939 without adequate air support and how an effective system of support was organized by the RAF. As such, it is the first scholarly survey of the origins and development of British air support doctrine and practice during the early years of the Second World War. The provision of direct air support was of central importance to the success enjoyed by Anglo-American armies during the latter half of the Second World War. First in North Africa, and later in Italy and North-West Europe, American, British and Empire armies fought most if not all of their battles with the knowledge that they enjoyed unassailable air superiority throughout the battle area. This advantage, however, was the product of a long and bitter dispute between the British Army and the Royal Air Force that began at the end of the First World War and continued virtually unabated until it was resolved in late 1942 and early 1943 when the 2nd Tactical Air Force was created. Battlefield experience and, in particular, success in North Africa, combined with the hard work, wisdom and perseverance of Air Marshals Sir Arthur Tedder and Arthur Coningham, the active co-operation of General Bernard Montgomery, and the political authority of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, produced a uniquely British system that afforded the most comprehensive, effective and flexible air support provided by any air force during the war. The book is divided into two equal parts of five chapters. Part one surveys how the British Army went to war in 1939 without adequate air support, and part two explains how an effective system of air support was organized by the middle years of the war. The analysis traces Britain's earliest experience with aircraft in the Great War 1914-1918, the inter-war period of doctrinal development and inter-Service rivalry, and the major campaigns in France and the Middle East during the first half of the Second World War when the weaknesses in Army-RAF co-operation were first exposed and eventually resolved. As such, it is the first scholarly survey of the origin and development of British air support doctrine and practice during the early years of the Second World War.


  • Filename: montgomery.
  • ISBN: 9780230112346
  • Release Date: 2010-11-23
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Trevor Royle
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Bernard Law Montgomery was a dedicated battlefield tactician, though a controversial one. In North Africa in 1942, he commanded the Eighth Army to a great triumph against Rommel at El Alamein, which Churchill hailed as the beginning of the end of the war. During the planning stages for the invasion of Sicily, Montgomery proved himself to be a splendid organizer and a great believer in simplicity. But he was also known as a complicated man whose legacy remains tainted by his insensitive and boastful nature and desire for personal glory—all of which can have dangerous consequences on the battlefield. In the end, though, it was only due to Montgomery's influence that the weight of the Allied attack at Normandy was increased, and the Allied success of D-Day owes much to his far-sightedness. In the field, especially during the planning stages, he was at his best. An inspirational commander whose self-confidence was legendary, Montgomery's military life has proved to be a great lesson for leaders in the years since.

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