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RAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force (Paperback)

RAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force By Richard Overy, Ph.D. Cover Image
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“Packed with drama, both military and political.… It will surely prove definitive.” —Lewis Jones, Daily Telegraph

This compact, masterful work by an outstanding historian marks a pivotal moment in military history: the birth of Britain’s Royal Air Force. Writing with great clarity, Richard Overy shows how the RAF emerged from the deadly stalemate of trench warfare during World War I. With German bombers attacking British cities by 1917, Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his minister of munitions, Winston Churchill, navigated the organizational breakthrough that made the RAF an independent force in spring 1918. The RAF would prove highly influential in the development of air power around the world.

About the Author

Richard Overy is the author of RAF, Why the Allies Won, The Battle of Britain, and The Dictators, winner of the Wolfson History Prize. He is one of our foremost authorities in modern history and military history. He is professor of history at the University of Exeter in England.

Praise For…

Air power [became] the key factor in 20th-century warfare. Overy’s book gives a brilliantly lucid account of how that process began.
— Noel Malcolm - Sunday Telegraph

— Paul Kennedy - Wall Street Journal

Concise but fascinating.… Overy is excellent on many of the details of the early RAF.
— Leo McKinstry - Literary Review

A vivid narrative.
— Matthew Reisz - Times Higher Education

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393357240
ISBN-10: 0393357244
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English