The Right of the Line: The Role of the RAF in WW

Pen and Sword, 6 avr. 2010 - 860 pages
Traditionally, the right of the line is the vanguard, the place of honour and greatest danger in battle. In this history of the Royal Air Force during the European War of 1939-45, John Terraine shows how the RAF, which in 1939 was small and inadequate for the task it was called upon to perform had, by the end of the war, taken up its proper position. He describes the build-up to war, the early tests in France and at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the RAF in North Africa and the Mediterranean, the strategic air offensive over Germany and eventual victory in Europe. His best book yet The Times John Terraine is a fine historian but he also believes that history should be exciting and readable The Listener

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A lot of information on the strategic side of the RAF. Personalities and plans figure heavily into this. The actual conduct is not the focus, so if you want action look elsewhere. As an American, I ... Consulter l'avis complet

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THE PREPARATION Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum
THE TEST The battle is the payoff
THE STRAIN The only plan is to persevere THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN a few thousand airmen
THE STRATEGIC AIR OFFENSIVE I The leading element in bringing about our victory
THE VICTORY The Air must hold the ring THE MEDITERRANEAN Air warfare in its own right
THE BATTLE OF THEATLANTIC II the dominating factor all through the war
THE STRATEGIC AIR OFFENSIVE II they are sowing the wind
VICTORY IN EUROPE the highest degree of intimacy
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John Terraine was born in London in 1921 and educated in Stamford School and Keble College, Oxford. He worked for nearly twenty years in the BBC as a record programs assistant, a producer of Radio Newsreel, a programme assistant in the East European Service, and program organiser of the Pacific and South African service. In 1963 he began his work on the BBC Television series 'The Great War', for which he received the Screenwriters' Guild Documentary Award. In 1969 he won the Society of Film and Television Arts Script Award for his 'The Life and Times of Lord Mountbatten', which he wrote for Themes TV. He was scriptwriter and narrator for the BBC series 'The Mighty Continent' in 1974. Mr Terraine is a highly-respected authority on the First World War and has already published nine books on the subject, including: Mons: The Retreat to Victory, Douglas Haig: The Educated Soldier, The Western Front, The Great War: An Illustrated History, The Road to Passchendaele, To Win a War, The Smoke and the Fire: Myths and Anti-Smiths of War, The Right of the Line and Business of Great Waters.

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