THE THIRD SERVICE THE STORY BEHIND THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

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This is the first book about the Royal Air Force which is not content with the surface history of the Service.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Dust jacket
Condition Good
Number of pages 274
Published date 1955
Languages English
Size 15 x 23 x 3 cm
Author Sir Philip Joubert
Editor THAMES AND HUDSON

Description

This is the first book about the Royal Air Force which is not content with the surface history of the Service. It explores the ceaseless clash of personalities and views that in the opinion of the author has played an important part in the formation of the third British fighting service. As a document it is undoubtedly unique; the Royal Air Force has won its independence entirely within the first half of this century and the personal memories of the protagonists have helped to interpret and supplement written records. No such detailed evidence is available for study where the origins of the other two services are concerned.

 

 Sir Philip Joubert, who is known to millions all over the world for his eloquence in broadcasting during the war, is especially qualified to write this book. In his service career he has spanned the whole history of the Royal Air Force and has known the majority of the officers and statesmen who have fought the " battle of Whitehall ". In addition to this he has had access to War Office and Air Ministry documents, and has received much valuable information the true founder of the R.A.F., Lord Trenchard. He presents an interesting picture of many great men who have now become almost legendary and softens an unsparing criticism of their policy with many an anecdote of the early, more carefree days; at the same time he is quick to recognize true worth when he sees it.

 

 This book is a major contribution both to the history of the Royal Air Force and also to the study of British Governmental policy in the twentieth century.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Sir Philip Joubert

Philip Bennet Joubert de la FertéK.C.B., C.M.G, D.S.O. ( born May 21, 1887 in Darjeeling and died January 21, 1965 in Uxbridge ), was a British soldier, et Air marshal in the Royal Air Force (RAF).


SIR PHILIP JOUBERT'S service life has spanned military aviation from its birth to the present day. In 1912, he learned to fly with Turkish and Bulgarian fellow pupils who, a few months later, were fighting each other in the air over the Balkans. In 1913, he joined the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps and with it flew to France in August 1914. He thus saw the development of air warfare from its very early days and later shared in the peacetime activities of the Royal Air Force.


During the inter-war years, Joubert de la Ferté occupied several staff and command posts, rising through the ranks. Notably, he was appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 23 Group in 1929, Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Andover, in 1930 and Air Officer Commanding No. 11 Group in July 1936 before becoming Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Coastal Command in September 1936.


During Hitler's war he saw the full growth of Radar and was for two years in command of our air forces over the sea. To their successes against the U-boats he contributed in no small measure.


On 23 November 1943, Joubert de la Ferté was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Information and Civil Affairs) at the South East Asia Command.

Two years later on 14 November 1945, Joubert de la Ferté retired from the RAF.

( Sources :  Thames and Hudson , Wikipedia )

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