Air War Normandy


By: Richard Townshend Bickers
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781473837959
Published: 10th June 2015
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

Current purchase price:
£12.99

Air War Normandy

So much ink has been spilt and so many miles of film expended on the amphibious invasion of Normandy on 6 June, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day, and so familiar have the images become of men leaping from their landing craft and wading ashore as shells exploded all around them, that it is all too easy to forget that none of this would have been possible without the virtually complete air superiority which the Allies had gained over the Luftwaffe in advance of the invasion. 

In this absorbing book, Richard Bickers (who himself possesses first-hand experience of serving in Fighter and Coastal Commands and in the Desert Air Force) describes how that superiority was won and held after the landings. He describes in some detail how the vital necessity of air/land cooperation was brought home to the senior officers in North Africa and emphasizes how valuable this lesson was to prove later in the war.

He tells of several of the French and Belgian units who had managed to escape from Nazi-held Europe to fight on and were now returning home. He recounts the experiences of German pilots who were by then seeing things in a very different light.

He also describes the war of the men on the ground, the crews who serviced the planes and the Airfield Construction Squadrons who built and ran the runways as the Allies advanced into Occupied France. Richard Bickers has produced a worthy tribute to a supremely gallant band of men who played a vital part in restoring liberty and democracy to the continent of Europe.

 




Some books that may interest you

Arnhem
Arnhem
By: Major-General R E Urquhart

Passchendaele
Passchendaele
By: Nigel Cave

Oradour
Oradour
By: Philip Beck

Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars
Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars
By: Kevin F Kiley

Julius Caesar's Invasion of Britain
Julius Caesar's Invasion of Britain
By: Roger Nolan

The BEF in 1917: Arras, Vimy, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai
The BEF in 1917: Arras, Vimy, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai
By: Bob Carruthers

The Gunners of August 1914
The Gunners of August 1914
By: John Hutton

Napoleon's Waterloo Army
Napoleon's Waterloo Army
By: Paul L. Dawson

A Century of Carrier Aviation
A Century of Carrier Aviation
By: David Hobbs



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.