Recommended reading on the British Empire 1919-1945

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Re: Recommended reading on the British Empire 1919-1945

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Re: Recommended reading on the British Empire 1919-1945

Post by Attrition » 13 Apr 2019 16:30

Greg Baughen's series on WWI, interwar and WWII RAF policy is rather good, although he doth lean a little too hard on hindsight. Much of his narrative comes from primary sources so even when his explanations don't quite convince, the descriptions do.

Baughen G. The RAF in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain: A Reappraisal of Army and Air Policy 1938–1940 (2016) Fonthill Media Stroud 978-1-78155-525-5

Baughen G. The Fairey Battle: A Reassessment of its RAF Career (2017) Fonthill Media Stroud 978-1-78155-585-9

Baughen G. RAF On the Offensive: The Rebirth of Tactical Air Power 1940-1941 (2018) Frontline Books Barnsley 978-1-5267-3515-7

The Rise and Fall of the French Air Force: French Air Operations and Strategy 1900-1940 (2018) costs a bomb so I'll wait

The Rise of the Bomber: RAF-Army Planning 1919 to Munich 1938 (2015) might be my next plunge and Blueprint for Victory: Britain's First World War Blitzkrieg Air Force is on the way, despite the subtitle.

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Re: Recommended reading on the British Empire 1919-1945

Post by Attrition » 05 Jun 2019 18:53

The Rise of the Bomber: RAF-Army Planning 1919 to Munich 1938 (2015) [as above] is as good as the others in the series, occasionally hilarious and always interesting.

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Re: Recommended reading on the British Empire 1919-1945

Post by Attrition » 02 Jul 2019 17:54

The Rise and Fall of the French Air Force: French Air Operations and Strategy 1900-1940 (2018) by Greg Baughen It seems that the French were as eager as the British to build huge, ungainly gunships rather than single-engined, single-seaters. Baughen's prose is a little dodgy but the sense of humour and polite incredulity at bomber-panic is still there. ;O)

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