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The Rise and Fall of the French Air Force

French Air Operations and Strategy 1900-1940

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The Rise and Fall of the French Air Force by Greg Baughen
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On 10 May 1940, the French possessed one of the largest air forces in the world. On paper, it was nearly as strong as the RAF. Six weeks later, France had been defeated. For a struggling French Army desperately looking for air support, the skies seemed empty of friendly planes. In the decades that followed, the debate raged. Were there unused stockpiles of planes? Were French aircraft really so inferior? Baughen examines the myths that surround the French defeat. He explains how at the end of the First World War, the French had possessed the most effective air force in the world, only for the lessons learned to be forgotten. Instead, air policy was guided by radical theories that predicted air power alone would decide future wars. Baughen traces some of the problems back to the very earliest days of French aviation. He describes the mistakes and bad luck that dogged the French efforts to modernise their air force in the twenties and thirties. He examines how decisions made just months before the German attack further weakened the air force. Yet defeat was not inevitable. If better use had been made of the planes that were available, the result might have been different.

Author Biography

Greg Baughen was educated at Sussex University where he obtained a degree in Mathematics. His interest in military aviation was sparked by curiosity over the defeat of British and French forces in the Battle of France in 1940. For many years, he has delved though public archives in Britain and France seeking explanations. The quest has taken him back to the origins of air power in both countries. By the same author; `Blueprint for Victory', `The Rise of the Bomber', `The RAF in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain' and `The Fairey Battle'.
Release date NZ
November 23rd, 2017
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
32 black and white photographs
Imprint
Fonthill Media
Pages
320
Dimensions
156x234x29
ISBN-13
9781781556443
Product ID
26881523

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