THE ROYAL AIR FORCE : AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE INTER-WAR YEARS. VOLUME I : 'THE TRENCHARD YEARS' 1918 TO 1929. VOLUME II : RE-ARMAMENT 1930 TO 1939.

Philpott, Wing Commander Ian M.


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Two Volumes. Barnsley, 1st ed., 2005. Vol. I : Xvi + 492 pp. Vol. II : Xi + 544 pp. Both Vols.: Numerous photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. The inter-war years between 1918 and 1939 saw the newly created RAF fighting for its existence politically. RAF Squadrons were dispatched to the remotest corners of the British Empire and its protectorates in various policing roles and then the service became engaged in a head-long rush to modernize in the face of the new German Fascist regime that was threatening British and European freedom. Yet this important period in RAF history and its effect on political and military rationale during the period has never been completely documented. This exhaustive and comprehensive two volume reference is the most detailed work to be published on the subject. The author gives full information on the changing structure of the Force during the period, squadron operations, political machination and their effects, the aeroplanes and their equipment, the personnel, technical advances in navigation and breakthroughs achieved in engine performance. It covers the development and invention of new equipment such as radar, monoplane fighters, metal construction and the heavy bomber. This mammoth work is cross-referenced throughout, extremely well illustrated and contains an abundance of maps and other diagrams. Two Volumes Complete :


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