Two Roads to War
The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk
ISBN10: 1612510582 ISBN13: 9781612510583 Publisher: Naval Inst Pr Published: Jun 15 2012 Pages: 410 Weight: 1.88lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
Noted aviation historian Robin Higham has written this comparative study of the evolution of the French and British air arms from 1918 to 1940 to determine why the Arm e de l'Air was defeated in June 1940 but the Royal Air Force was able to win the battle over Britain in September. After analyzing the structure, men, and mat riel of the air arms, and the government and economic infrastructure of both countries, he concludes that the French force was dominated by the Arm e de Terre, had no suitably powerful aero engines, and suffered from the chaos of French politics. In contrast, the independent RAF evolved into a sophisticated, scientifically based force, supported by consistent government practices. Higham's thorough examination, however, finds the British not without error.