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The right of the line : the role of the RAF in World War Two

Author: John Terraine
Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Terraine, John.
Right of the line
(OCoLC)473474487
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Terraine
ISBN: 9781783838349 1783838345
OCLC Number: 880878632
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 841 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; FOREWORD; ABBREVIATIONS; PART I:THE PREPARATION""Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum""; 1 BEGINNINGS; 2 DISARMERS AND BOMBERS; 3 A MODERN AIR FORCE; 4 EXPANSION; 5 Rearmament under way; 6 The knock-out blow; 7 MUNICH; 8 COMING OF AGE, COMING OF WAR; PART II: THE TEST ""The battle is the pay-off ... ""; 9 NORTH SEA TUTORIAL; 10 NIGHT BOMBING; LUDLOW-HEWITT; 11 NORWAY, 1940; 12 CRISIS OF BATTLE: FIGHTER COVER, BOMBEROFFENSIVE; 13 THE PAY-OFF; DOWDING PROTESTS; 14 DUNKIRK; 15 1940 CATASTROPHE: THE RECKONING. PART III: THE STRAIN ""The only plan is to persevere."" THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN "" ... a few thousand airmen ... ""16 BRITAIN ALONE; 17 THE DOWDING SYSTEM; 18 ""CONTACT PHASE""; SIR KEITH PARK; 19 ''ADLER TAG""; THE ""NUMBERS GAME""; 20 AUGUST, THE CRUNCH; BEAVERBROOK; 21 THE ""BIG WING""; LEIGH-MALLORY, BADER; 22 BAITLE OF AITRITION; THE CLIMAX; 23 DEFEAT FOR DOWDING; 24 VICTORY FOR FIGHTER COMMAND; 25 BATTLE OF BRITAIN: ENVOI; THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC (I)""Anxiety supreme; 26 COASTAL COMMAND: RÔLE AND EQUIPMENT; U-BOAT WAR, WIRELESS WAR; 27 THE U-BOAT ENEMY; BOMBS AND DEPTH-CHARGES. 28 THE BAITLE BEGINS THE DÖNITZ SYSTEM; ASV RADAR; 29 LORD BEAVERB ROOK RUSHES IN; 30 THE ATLANTIC GAP; ""THE CROW AND THE MOLE""; WESTERN APPROACHES; FALSE DAWN; BISMARCKAND OTHERS; THE STRATEGIC AIR OFFENSIVE (I) ""The leading element in bringing about our victory ... ""; 31 NEWALL AND PORTAL; THE GROWING SERVICE; THE EMPIRE TRAINING SCHEME; 32 BOMBER OFFENSIVE RESUMED; GERMAN MORALE; AREA BOMBING; 33 PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE; 34 OIL; ""DIVERSIONS""; HEAVY BOMBERS; THE MOSQUITO; 35 NEW ALLIES; ""RHUBARBS"" AND ""CIRCUSES""; COMPULSIONS OF ALLIANCE; 36 FOUR THOUSAND BOMBERS. EUPHORIA ANDDESPONDENCY THE BUTT REPORT; AIR POLICY DISPUTE; PART IV: THE VICTORY ""The Air must hold the ring"" THE MEDITERRANEAN "" ... Air warfare in its own right ... ""; 37 MIDDLE EAST COMMAND; THE TAKORADI ROUTE; LONGMORE'S PROBLEMS; 38 WAR WITH ITALY; WAR FOR AERODROMES; OPERATION ""COMPASS""; 39 EAST AFRICA; AIR SUPPORT; 40 THE GREEK FIASCO, 1941; 41 THE AFRIKA KORPS ARRIVES; FIRST DESERT DEFEAT; 42 TEDDER IN COMMAND; ""COMBINED OPERATIONIN THE FULL SENSE""; A SYSTEM OF AIR SUPPORT; 43 AIR SUPPORT/ARMY COOPERATION; 44 CHURCHILL AND TEDDER; ""CRUSADER""; 45 AMERICA IN THE WAR. A NEW STRATEGY46 MALTA; 47 GAZALA: THE LOWEST EBB; ""FIRST ALAMEIN""; 48 MONTGOMERY AND CONINGHAM; ALAM HALFA; 49 ""SECOND ALAMEIN""; ADVANCE TO TUNISIA; 50 OPERATION ""TORCH""; THE CASABLANCACONFERENCE; VICTORY IN AFRICA; 51 THE WAY FORWARD; THE BATTLE OF THEATLANTIC (II) "" ... the dominating factor all through the war ... ""; 52 SCIENCE AND INTELLIGENCE; THE LEIGH LIGHT; TASKS OF COASTAL COMMAND; 53 FALSE DAWN; DEFENSIVE AND OFFENSIVE; 54 THE DARK NIGHT; ANTI-SHIPPING OPERATIONS; OIL SUPPLIES; ""AN OBSTACLE TO VICTORY""; 55 TURNING POINT; THE ""GAP""; LIBERATORS; U-BOATREVERSES.
Responsibility: John Terraine.

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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.

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