Stopping Hitler (Hardback)
An Official Account of How Britain Planned to Defend Itself in the Second World War
After the unprecedented death and devastation of the First World War, few people imagined that such a conflict could ever happen again. Though the belief that it was the 'war to end war' was to be shattered within a generation, in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, it was expected that international disputes could be settled by arbitration through the creation of League of Nations. Consequently, the British Government concluded that there would not be another war for a least ten years and therefore the country's armed forces could be correspondingly scaled back. The rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s, however, prompted politicians and generals to contemplate the frightening prospect of another world war. The Chiefs of Staff of the three Defence Services were instructed to bring Britain's armed forces up to a standard where they could resist a revitalized and powerful aggressor, and to put in place plans for the defence of the country. When that war became a reality, the Chiefs of Staff then had to devise schemes to prevent a German invasion and, as the war progressed, to counter the bombers of the Luftwaffe and the flying bombs and rockets that followed. This Official History of these plans was prepared for the War Office after the war and provides a general account of the plans made for Home Defence during the war period 1939-1945.
Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich is a detailed, comprehensive daily reference to the air operations flown by the Luftwaffe. These operations were designed to combat the daylight strategic missions by the United States Army Air Force targeting the German Reich and the western zone occupied by Germany. This volume is a unique look at the German air defences as they struggled to cope with the threat posed by the American 8th and 15th Air Forces, which were charged with destroying Germany's critical war industries and wresting control of the air over the Reich from the Luftwaffe. The previous…By Don Caldwell
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