Air War Over France : May - June 1940

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This excellent book - which contains photographs and detailed texts - is about the air war that took place over France in May - June 1940, where both the R.A.F. and the French Air Force fought against the Luftwaffe.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Insert
Condition Old, like new
Number of pages 154
Published date 1974
Languages English
Size 16 x 24 x 2 cm
Author Robert Jackson
Editor IAN ALLAN LTD

Description

PRELUDE

Dawn, 10 May 1940

 

The inhabitants of the villages dotted over the countryside west of Cologne stirred fitfully in their sleep, disturbed by the rumble in the eastern sky. The noise grew louder, swelling to a crescendo that rattled tiles and window - panes ; hands fumbled with blackout curtains, heavy eyes peered up into the darkness, but the silhouettes of the aircraft were lost against the stars. The armada thundered on, heading due west, and the pre - dawn silence returned to the land bordering the Rhine.

 

It was 03.45, 10 May 1940. Twenty minutes earlier, the forty - one Junkers 52 transports now droning westwards had taken off at thirty - second intervals from the airfields of Butzweilerhof and Ostheim, on opposite banks of the Rhine near Cologne. The Ju 52's - belonging to I and II / KGr.zbV. 172 - each towed a DFS 230 heavy assault glider, laden with troops and equipment. Navigation for the transport crews was simple ; they followed a line of flashing ground beacons, stretching all the way to Aachen. Beyond Aachen, along the frontiers of Belgium and Holland, the massed divisions of the Wehrmacht were poised, ready to hurl themselves like a steel flood into the Low Countries. ( ... )

 

Excerpt from page No. 7.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson ( December 29th, 1941 ) was born in Melsonby ( North Yorkshire, England ). He was educated at Richmond School ( Yorkshire, England ). 


He then served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ( R.A.F.V.R. ) as a pilot and navigation instructor, and held the rank of Squadron Leader. Following his retirement from the R.A.F.V.R. in 1977, he became a full - time aviation writer and aerospace correspondent and lectured extensively on strategic issues, and was the Defense Correspondent for North of England Newspapers


He speaks five languages, including Russian. As an expert in military history, Robert Jackson is the author of more than 60 books on aviation and military subjects, including operational histories on famous aircraft. 


His works include the following titles : Dunkirk : The British Evacuation, 1940 ( 1976 ), Squadron Scramble ( 1979 ), Mosquito Squadron ( 1982 ), Introduction to International Relations : Theories and Approaches ( with Georg Sørensen, 1999 ), The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft ( 2002 ), The Romanov Mission ( 2016 ). 


( sources : www.babelio.com, ospreypublishing.com, www.crowood.com, www.goodreads.com )

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