New York, 1st ed., 1982. Xvi + 531 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 1 edge attractively speckled, 1 edge uncut; 24 x 16cm. FINE. This is a fascinating book about wartime politics, military strategies, and the birth pains of an independent U.S. Air Force – which was forged in fire over Brest, Schweinfurt, and Berlin. Forged in Fire, complete in itself, is a sequel to Copp’s A Few Great Captains and it continues the story of the U.S. Army Air Corps through the strategic bombing of the Third Reich from 1942 to the end of the war in Europe. The book explores the behind-the-scenes military and political manoeuvring that orchestrated Allied policy, with primary emphasis on the role of air power in war. Included are inside stories of the battle to develop the B-17 Flying Fortress; the failure of Army and Navy commanders at Pearl Harbour to properly utilise their air forces; and the costly, unproductive bombing raids on the U-boat berths in the Bay of Biscay. This is also the story of a handful of air commanders who risked all for what they believed, at the conference table and in the cockpit.