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The Battle of France - Then and Now

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The Battle of France - Then and Now

The Battle of France - Then and Now


The Battle of France as a subject has suffered for years in the wake of the Battle of Britain for the sole reason, France was a defeat. This book puts the French campaign into context, puts it where it should be as an account of a battle and its place in history. There is no glorification of war it is, like its companion volumes, written in diary format, day by day.
Six Nations Locked in Aerial Combat September 1939 to June 1940.
In these pages, Peter Cornwell tells the story of the greatest air battle of the Second World War when six nations were locked in combat over north-western Europe for a traumatic six weeks in 1940. We begin our account in September 1939 when the newly-formed British Air Forces in France sent the first squadrons to the Continent. This Phoney War period is told through the eyes of Flying Officer Edward Hall, Adjutant of No. 73 Squadron. As far as RAF fighter squadrons in France were concerned, it was an all-Hurricane show, yet it was the Blenheim and Battle crews who suffered the brunt of the casualties. Every aircraft lost or damaged through enemy action while operating in France is listed together with the fate of the crews. Fighting a rearguard action almost from Day One, retreating from airfield to airfield as the panzers roared westwards, the story of the British Air Forces in France has never been told in this way before as it has largely been overshadowed by the Battle of Britain which followed, yet the Battle of France was even more costly in lives lost. Peter Cornwell now redresses the balance as he describes the day-to-day events as the battle unfolds, and details the losses suffered by all six nations involved: Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany and, rather belatedly, Italy. The Royal Air Force lost more than a thousand aircraft of all types over the Western Front during the six-week battle, but Luftwaffe losses were even higher at over 1,800 aircraft. Having the disadvantage of fighting over foreign soil, the RAF had many men made prisoner when baling out or crashing behind enemy lines. All told, between September 3, 1939 and June 24, 1940, the RAF lost 1,127 airmen, of whom 415 paid the supreme sacrifice. Their names, and the cemeteries where they lie or the memorials where they are commemorated, are listed so their memory be not forgotten.

Название: The Battle of France Then and Now
Автор: Peter D. Cornwell
Издательство: After the Battle
Год издания: 2007
ISBN: 1870067657, 9781870067652
Формат: PDF
Язык: Английский (english)
Количество страниц: 592
Размер: 141,95 Мб

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