This is a very fine book, illustrated with some nice photographs, that tells the story of gliders used by Allied airborne forces in general ( British forces in particular ) during the Second World War.
||23 x 15 x 3 cm
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In 1939, at the outbreak of war, gliding ’ was not taken so seriously at the Air Ministry as to deserve even to be stopped ’, in the words of the author, one of the dedicated band of amateur glider pilots who spent weekends before the war soaring at Dunstable Downs ( Bedfordshire, England ). Yet, by 1943, official scepticism over the strategic usefulness of gliders had largely disappeared and before the end of the fighting thousands of Allied troops and tons of equipment had been delivered to battle areas in Horsas of Hamilcars, and such historic battles as Arnhem and the Rhine crossings had been fought by gliderborne forces.
Lawrence Wright tells the inside story of the war gliders - how it all began, the men who planned and those who died, and how it ended - for the first time. It is, he writes : ’ a very personal account of what one non - combatant Air Force officer saw of the Allied airborne forces in general and British gliderborne forces in particular ’. Written with wry humour and no false heroics this is a fascinating story - a war book with a difference.
Lawrence Wright was one of the London Gliding Club ( L.G.C. ) members before the outbreak of the Second World War. He was to play an important role in the formation of the Glider Pilot Regiment ( December 21st, 1941 - September 1st, 1957 ).
( source : Wikipedia )