Two Roads to War

Two Roads to War

The French and British Air Arms From Versailles to Dunkirk

Book - 2012
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Noted aviation historian Robin Higham has written this comparative study of the evolution of the French and British air arms from 1918 to 1940 to determine why the Arm#65533;e de l'Air was defeated in June 1940 but the Royal Air Force was able to win the battle over Britain in September. After analyzing the structure, men, and mat#65533;riel of the air arms, and the government and economic infrastructure of both countries, he concludes that the French force was dominated by the Arm#65533;e de Terre, had no suitably powerful aero engines, and suffered from the chaos of French politics. In contrast, the independent RAF evolved into a sophisticated, scientifically based force, supported by consistent government practices. Higham's thorough examination, however, finds the British not without error.
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781612510583
1612510582
Branch Call Number: 940.5449 Higham 06/2012
Characteristics: xxii, 410 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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