And We Shall Shock Them: British Army in the Second World by David Fraser

By David Fraser

First released in 1983 and written by means of a pre-eminent historian of the British military, this can be the definitive background of the British military within the moment global warfare: its campaigns and battles, defeats and victories, throughout all theatres of operations from the outbreak of struggle with Germany in 1939 to the ultimate defeat of Japan in 1945.

Here the reader will locate grand process on the maximum point, but additionally the truth of command within the box and the event of wrestle for the infantry, gunners and the tankers because the British military fought its approach in the course of the struggle. yet principally it is a complete, authoritative and vividly written account of the British military within the moment international warfare because it got here to grips with, and finally triumphed over, its enemies within the field.

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THE DOGS OF WAR Rushing through the arcane halls, Down the comdors of space, Came with sudden fearsome horror, Swift with flashing crooked crosses, Thrusting forward massive bosses, Came from out the sun the Hun, Came in packs the dreaded Hun. Swiftly fling the wings asunder, Seeking for some cloud to hide in, Twisting turning sunwards streaming From red tracers fiery might, Through the leaden cloying blindness, Reaching, searching for God’s light. Chased we down the broken crosses To the pit of black despair, Yet still with unrelenting pace, Fling they their steeds towards the sun, Grotesquely dancing pirouettes Until the race is run.

I have also provided some information regarding the activities of Commonwealth fighter pilots in Korea, and of the British Sea Harrier pilots in the Falklands. None became “aces” in the traditional sense, but the latter was the first major action in which pilots of the RAF and FAA played a significant part in aerial combat since 1945, and may well prove to have been the last. Finally, several people have asked why no Bibliography was included in Aces High. Wherever a pilot has a biography or autobiography dealing with his life or wartime experiences, I have mentioned this within the individual notes on the man in question.

Therefore the Pools were formed into Operational Training Units, more formally to prepare the new or inexperienced for their early introduction to active service. Indeed, shortly after their formation, the withdrawal from France of some of the initial members of the AASF, who were already in need of a brief ‘rest’ from operations, allowed ex-members of 1 and 73 Squadrons to join the first two new OTUs to pass on the benefits of their actual experience to the neophytes. e. conversion from day to night operations).

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