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The Royal Air Force of World War Two in Colour

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Beautifully illustrated, this amazing book will show you both R.A.F. aircraft and personnel through well - known and unknown colour photographs during the Second World War.


Format 28 x 22 x 1 cm
Nbr. de pages 160
Finition Paperbound
Aviation belge No
Année d’édition 1995
Langue English
ISBN 1 - 85409 - 289 - 8
Etat du livre Very good condition
Auteur Roger A. Freeman


Introducing Colour
Until the late 1940's colour photographs were, if not rare, a novelty in the United Kingdom and even then were usually only available as transparencies for projection or viewing with a magnifier. Their inclusion in printed works was limited by the high cost of the reproduction process. A number of techniques for producing colour photographs had been introduced during the early part of the century, but not until the launching of Kodakchrome in the United States in 1935 was a truly viable colour  product - viable in terms of process and cost - marketed. From the commercially available 35mm stock, a limited amount had reached Britain prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Also available in the immediate pre - war years was Dufaycolor, produced in England, and Agfa, from European sources.
Particularly where British forces are concerned, the photographic record of the 1939 - 45 war years  is predominantly in black and white and comes from the work of official or accredited Press photographers. In fact, the use of private cameras on military installations was forbidden, although in some units this regulation was not strictly adhered to. Additionally, monochrome film gradually became scarce : by the mid - war years it was largely unobtainable by civilians.
( ... ) Pictures showing aircraft crewed and tended by smiling young men in a colourful setting may belie the underlying tragedies : a subject tracing has revealed that many of the individals depicted were shortly to die and, similarly, many of the aircraft to be destroyed. The casualty rate in the wartime R.A.F. was high and included many airmen from Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and the colonies who aligned themselves with Britain and joined the R.A.F., while others served in the air forces of their own Commonwealth countries.
Roger A. Freeman

Roger A. Freeman ( May 11th, 1928 - October 7th, 2005 ) grew up on the family farm in Dedham ( Essex, England ).

In 1943, Martin B - 26 Marauder bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force’s 386th Bomb Group arrived at Boxted airfield - less than two miles away - sparking Freeman’s lifelong fascination with the wartime U.S.A.A.F. operating from Britain.

After the war, Roger A. Freeman began to impart his knowledge about the wartime U.S.A.A.F. with articles for aviation magazines and started to collate material for his planned book. The book, entitled The Mighty Eighth, was an instant success and has been translated into several languages.

His overall output of some 60 books also included works about the wartime Royal Air Force, individual aircraft studies, airfield histories and profiles of U.S.A.A.F. units.

( source : Wikipedia )

Founded at a time when few new publishing houses were being established ( 1966 ), Arms and Armour Press began on Lionel Leventhal’s kitchen table, but grew rapidly to be one of the U.K.’s leading publishers of militaria and military history, with a stable of authors including some of the most renowned specialists in the field ( including Ian V. Hogg, David G. Chandler and Steven Zaloga ). In 1984, Arms and Armour Press was sold to Link House Books ( which owned seven publishers, including Blandford ), and subsequently became an imprint of Orion Publishing. ( sources : Wikipedia, )
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