Author: Bill Howard
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2015-05-10
Between July and October 1940, in what became known as the Battle of Britain, a nation held its breath while the pilots of the Royal Air Force battled Hitler's Luftwaffe in the skies above England. A huge number of airmen lost their lives in this hard-fought episode and in the four years of air campaigns that followed, and those who survived faced terrifying risks; as Prime Minister Winston Churchill put it, 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. In this beautifully illustrated tribute to 'The Few', Bill Howard catalogues the objects which were essential to every wartime pilot, from the superstitious good-luck charm to the parachute on which his life might have depended and a wealth of other poignant items relating to his day-to-day existence during the air war against the Nazis.
Author: Stuart Hadaway
Publisher: Shire Publications
Release Date: 2013-04-23
This title will provide an introduction to the extraordinary range of conditions and challenges experienced by British airmen during the Second World War. The airman of the Royal Air Force served in every corner of the globe during this conflict, operating over oceans and deserts, jungles and cities. Rather than take the usual route of defining operations and crews by the types of aircraft used, the author examines what it meant for the young men who had to fly those aircraft and undertake those operations, and what their lives were like on the ground. The knowledge needed and tasks performed by them differed immensely - even within the same aircraft, the skill-sets of each member of the crew could differ to the extent of incomprehensibility to the others. All were vital. Each airman had his own view of the war, both in the air and on the ground. Personal testimony will provide insight into the experiences of those who served.
Author: Ian MacDougall
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Release Date: 2019-06-13
During the Second World War thousands of women served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) or the Timber Corps. In this book 19 Scotswomen who served in the war tell their stories. The women, born between 1918 and 1926, and interviewed between 1998 and 2005, came from towns and villages throughout Scotland. The 1939–45 War plucked many women from their normal lives and thrust them into very different and dangerous experiences. Leaving her job in a baker’s shop in Glasgow, one woman found herself early in 1945 on a troopship heading for Naples; another, as an officer in the WRNS, crossed the Atlantic three times. One woman escaped death when 26 of her ATS colleagues were killed at Yarmouth by a German bomber. Despite the danger, many women formed close and lasting friendships, and for some the war years were the happiest of their lives. These fascinating stories of wartime women, told in their own words, vividly convey the important and varied roles that women played during the war.
The story of Oban and the Hebrides in World War 2 has remained largely untold. Yet it was in the Atlantic that Britain came closest to defeat as U-Boat Wolf Packs hunted down and destroyed the convoys which were Britain's first line to survival.
Author: Ian Philpott
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date: 2006-07-20
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
Author: John C. Fredriksen
Release Date: 2001
Covering the aircraft of 21 nations, this book offers illustrated portraits of 330 of the best-known and most significant military aircraft in history, from the canvas-covered biplanes of World War I to the technological marvels of today, and includes technical data and aviation lore.
Vols. 1897-1916 published in 1920, which included obituaries of those who died up to Sept. 15, 1915; reissued in 1929 with title page 1897-1915 and included addenda giving details of additional deaths 1897 to the end of 1915 which had not previously come to the attention of the editor.