Summary Book Review The Crucible of War, 1939-1945 by Brereton Greenhous:
Download or read book The Crucible of War, 1939-1945 written by Brereton Greenhous and published by Heritage. This book was released on 1994-12-15 with total page 1130 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The RCAF, with a total strength of 4061 officers and men on 1 September 1939, grew by the end of the war to a strength of more than 263,000 men and women. This important and well-illustrated new history shows how they contributed to the resolution of the most significant conflict of our time.
Summary Book Review The Crucible of War, 1939-1945 by Brereton Greenhous:
Download or read book The Crucible of War, 1939-1945 written by Brereton Greenhous and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 1994-01-01 with total page 1148 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The RCAF, with a total strength of 4061 officers and men on 1 September 1939, grew by the end of the war to a strength of more than 263,000 men and women. This important and well-illustrated new history shows how they contributed to the resolution of the most significant conflict of our time.
Summary Book Review Strategy for Victory by David Ian Hall:
Download or read book Strategy for Victory written by David Ian Hall and published by Greenwood Publishing Group. This book was released on 2008 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Unlike any other book that has looked at air support for the British army in the Second World War, Strategy for Victory: The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1919-1943 examines the highly contentious and protracted debate between the British army and the RAF over air support from the perspectives of the airmen - both the Air Staff in the UK and the RAF deployed on expeditionary operations overseas.
Summary Book Review The British Commonwealth and Victory in the Second World War by Iain E. Johnston-White:
Download or read book The British Commonwealth and Victory in the Second World War written by Iain E. Johnston-White and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-12-28 with total page 319 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is the first comprehensive study of the British Commonwealth in the Second World War. Britain and its Dominions, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, formed the most durable, cooperative and interchangeable alliance of the war. Iain E. Johnston-White looks in depth at how the Commonwealth war effort was financed, the training of airmen for the air war, the problems of seaborne supply and the battles fought in North Africa. Fully one third of the ‘British’ effort originated in the Dominions, a contribution that was only possible through the symbiotic relationship that Britain maintained with its former settler-colonies. This cooperation was based upon a mutual self-interest that was largely maintained throughout the war. In this book, Johnston-White offers a fundamental reorientation in our understanding of British grand strategy in the Second World War.
Summary Book Review The Insubordinate and the Noncompliant by Howard Coombs:
Download or read book The Insubordinate and the Noncompliant written by Howard Coombs and published by Dundurn. This book was released on 2008-03-28 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Unwilling and the Reluctant: Theoretical Perspectives on Disobedience in the Military and The Apathetic and the Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919 are the first two volumes in a series devoted to disobedience issues in the Canadian military. Now with The Insubordinate and the Noncompliant, the trilogy is complete. Military leadership has both formal and informal dimensions. The formal leadership of any organization must ensure that it minimizes the divergence between institutional aims and the actions of informal leaders. When this separation occurs, the result is sometimes mutiny. These incidents of insubordination and noncompliance represent a form of dialogue between military personnel and their leadership. The Insubordinate and the Noncompliant offers a perspective on the Canadian experience with military mutiny in the twentieth century in an effort to provide relevant lessons for today.
Summary Book Review Historical Dictionary of World War II by Anne Sharp Wells:
Download or read book Historical Dictionary of World War II written by Anne Sharp Wells and published by Scarecrow Press. This book was released on 2013-12-24 with total page 566 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Historical Dictionary of World War II: The War against Germany and Italy relates the history of this war through a chronology, an introductory essay, maps and photos, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 300 cross-referenced entries on the countries and geographical areas involved in the war, as well as the nations remaining neutral; wartime alliances and conferences; significant civilian and military leaders; and major ground, naval, and air operations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about World War II.
Summary Book Review A Nation at War, 1939–1945 by Terry Copp:
Download or read book A Nation at War, 1939–1945 written by Terry Copp and published by Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. This book was released on 2004-08 with total page 270 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Nation at War brings together a collection of sixty-two essays covering all aspects of the Canadian experience in the Second World War. It is a readable and authoritative introduction to both the historical narrative and the interpretive debates by the best selling author of Fields of Fire and Cinderella Army. Published by the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies and distributed by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Summary Book Review Sub Hunters by Anthony Cooper:
Download or read book Sub Hunters written by Anthony Cooper and published by Fonthill Media. This book was released on 2021-01-29 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: • Excellent photographs from the Australian War Memorial collection • Dramatic air battles over a turbulent sea, hundreds of miles from land and without hope of rescue • Striking U-boat ‘kills’ as concrete proof of operational successes • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs • Of interest to aviation and military historians, modellers, gamers and flight simulator enthusiasts 1943 was the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic when forces, technologies and tactics turned against Germany’s U-boats. The victory not only secured Britain’s trans-Atlantic lifeline to the United States, but also enabled the vast build-up in military forces in Britain necessary to launch D-Day in 1944. The Allied battle to defeat the U-boat menace was a combined effort by the naval and air forces of several Allied nations, and this is the story of one part during the decisive mid-war period. Nos 10 and 461 Squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force flew Sunderland flying boats from bases in Wales and Devon as part of RAF Coastal Command; these two squadrons flew long-range daylight missions over the eastern Atlantic, patrolling Britain’s southwest approaches. They hunted and killed U-boats transiting between their mid-Atlantic hunting grounds and their bases in Bordeaux and fought furious air battles over the Bay of Biscay against Luftwaffe Ju 88 long-range fighters tasked specifically with shooting them down. These two Australian squadrons established a combat record.
Summary Book Review Bomber Boys on Screen by S. P. MacKenzie:
Download or read book Bomber Boys on Screen written by S. P. MacKenzie and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2019-08-08 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Since the Second World War, depictions of Royal Air Force operations in film and television drama have become so numerous that they make up a genre worthy of scholarly attention. In this illuminating study, S. P. MacKenzie explores the different ways in which the men of RAF Bomber Command have been represented in dramatic form on the big and small screen from the war years to the present day. Bomber Boys on Screen is the first in-depth study of how and why the screen-drama image of those who flew, those who directed them, and those who provided support for RAF bomber operations has changed over time, sometimes in contested circumstances. Until now dramas that focus on Bomber Command have tended to be mentioned only in passing or studied in isolation, despite the prevalence of surveys of both the British war film genre and of aviation cinema. In Bomber Boys on Screen MacKenzie examines the development, presentation, and reception of significant dramas on a decade-by-decade basis. Titles from the beginning of the war (The Lion Has Wings, 1939) to the start of new century (Bomber's Moon, 2014) are situated in the context of technical possibilities and limitations, evolving social and cultural norms in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and the development of moral and utilitarian controversies surrounding the wartime bomber offensive directed against Nazi Germany. While the focus is on feature films and television plays, reference is also made to documentaries, memorials, veterans' organizations, book titles, war comics, and other representations of the war fought by Bomber Command.
Summary Book Review Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two by B. Gladman:
Download or read book Intelligence and Anglo-American Air Support in World War Two written by B. Gladman and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-01-12 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the greatest developments in conventional war since 1914 has been the rise of air/land power – the interaction between air forces and armies in military operations. This book examines the forging of an air support system that was used with success for the remainder of the war, the principles of which have applied ever since.
Summary Book Review Canada's Road to the Pacific War by Timothy Wilford:
Download or read book Canada's Road to the Pacific War written by Timothy Wilford and published by UBC Press. This book was released on 2011-09-12 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In December 1941, Japan attacked multiple targets in the Far East and the Pacific, including Canadian battalions in Hong Kong. This intriguing account of Canadian intelligence gathering and strategic planning on the eve of the crisis dispels the assumption that the Allies were totally unprepared for war. Canadians worked closely with their US and Allied counterparts to uncover Japan's intentions and to develop a strategic plan for defence. By highlighting Canada's role as a Pacific power, this book sheds new light both on the Pacific War and on events that led to the creation of the Grand Alliance.
Summary Book Review The Secret History of RDX by Colin F. Baxter:
Download or read book The Secret History of RDX written by Colin F. Baxter and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2018-05-18 with total page 214 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: During the early years of World War II, American ships crossing the Atlantic with oil and supplies were virtually defenseless against German U-boats. Bombs and torpedoes fitted with TNT barely made a dent in the tough steel plating that covered the hulls of Axis submarines and ships. Then, seemingly overnight, a top-secret, $100 million plant appeared near Kingsport, Tennessee, manufacturing a sugar-white substance called Research Department Explosive (code name RDX). Behind thirty-eight miles of fencing, thousands of men and women synthesized 23,000 tons of RDX each month. Twice as deadly as TNT and overshadowed only by the atomic bomb, this ordnance proved to be pivotal in the Battle of the Atlantic and directly contributed to the Allied victory in WWII. In The Secret History of RDX, Colin F. Baxter documents the journey of the super-explosive from conceptualization at Woolwich Arsenal in England to mass production at Holston Ordnance Works in east Tennessee. He examines the debates between RDX advocates and their opponents and explores the use of the explosive in the bomber war over Germany, in the naval war in the Atlantic, and as a key element in the trigger device of the atomic bomb. Drawing on archival records and interviews with individuals who worked at the Kingsport "powder plant" from 1942 to 1945, Baxter illuminates both the explosive's military significance and its impact on the lives of ordinary Americans involved in the war industry. Much more than a technical account, this study assesses the social and economic impact of the military-industrial complex on small communities on the home front.
Summary Book Review Canada and the Second World War by Geoffrey Hayes:
Download or read book Canada and the Second World War written by Geoffrey Hayes and published by Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. This book was released on 2013-02-01 with total page 500 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Terry Copp’s tireless teaching, research, and writing has challenged generations of Canadian veterans, teachers, and students to discover an informed memory of their country’s role in the Second World War. This collection, drawn from the work of Terry’s colleagues and former students, considers Canada and the Second World War from a wealth of perspectives. Social, cultural, and military historians address topics under five headings: The Home Front, The War of the Scientists, The Mediterranean Theatre, Normandy/Northwest Europe, and The Aftermath. The questions considered are varied and provocative: How did Canadian youth and First Nations peoples understand their wartime role? What position did a Canadian scientist play in the Allied victory and in the peace? Were veterans of the Mediterranean justified in thinking theirs was the neglected theatre? How did the Canadians in Normandy overcome their opponents but not their historians? Why was a Cambridge scholar attached to First Canadian Army to protect monuments? And why did Canadians come to commemorate the Second World War in much the same way they commemorated the First? The study of Canada in the Second World War continues to challenge, confound, and surprise. In the questions it poses, the evidence it considers, and the conclusions it draws, this important collection says much about the lasting influence of the work of Terry Copp. Foreword by John Cleghorn.
Summary Book Review The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Volume 1, Fighting the War by John Ferris:
Download or read book The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Volume 1, Fighting the War written by John Ferris and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2017-11-23 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The military events of the Second World War have been the subject of historical debate from 1945 to the present. It mattered greatly who won, and fighting was the essential determinant of victory or defeat. In Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of the Second World War a team of twenty-five leading historians offer a comprehensive and authoritative new account of the war's military and strategic history. Part I examines the military cultures and strategic objectives of the eight major powers involved. Part II surveys the course of the war in its key theatres across the world, and assesses why one side or the other prevailed there. Part III considers, in a comparative way, key aspects of military activity, including planning, intelligence, and organisation of troops and matérial, as well as guerrilla fighting and treatment of prisoners of war.
Author :John Nelson Rickard Publisher :University of Toronto Press Release Date :2010-01-01 ISBN 10 :9781442640023 Pages :417 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.4/5 (2 users download)
Summary Book Review The Politics of Command by John Nelson Rickard:
Download or read book The Politics of Command written by John Nelson Rickard and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 2010-01-01 with total page 417 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In December 1943, Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton resigned from command of the 1st Canadian Army amidst criticism of his poor generalship and of his abrasive personality. Despite McNaughton's importance to the Canadian Army during the first four years of the Second World War, little has been written about the man himself or the circumstances of his resignation. In The Politics of Command, the first full-length study of the subject since 1969, John Nelson Rickard analyzes McNaughton's performance during exercise SPARTAN in March 1943 and assesses his relationships with key figures such as Sir Alan F. Brooke, Bernard Paget, and Harry Crerar. This detailed re-examination of McNaughton's command argues that the long-accepted reasons for his relief of duty require extensive modification. Based on a wide range of sources, The Politics of Command will redefine how military historians and all Canadians look not only at "Andy" McNaughton, but the Canadian Army as well.
Summary Book Review Out of the Shadows by William Alexander Binny Douglas:
Download or read book Out of the Shadows written by William Alexander Binny Douglas and published by Dundurn. This book was released on 1995 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This new edition of the highly regarded work includes recent research on the topic of radio intelligence and cryptography.
Summary Book Review Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare by Tami Davis Biddle:
Download or read book Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare written by Tami Davis Biddle and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2009-01-10 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A major revision of our understanding of long-range bombing, this book examines how Anglo-American ideas about "strategic" bombing were formed and implemented. It argues that ideas about bombing civilian targets rested on--and gained validity from--widespread but substantially erroneous assumptions about the nature of modern industrial societies and their vulnerability to aerial bombardment. These assumptions were derived from the social and political context of the day and were maintained largely through cognitive error and bias. Tami Davis Biddle explains how air theorists, and those influenced by them, came to believe that strategic bombing would be an especially effective coercive tool and how they responded when their assumptions were challenged. Biddle analyzes how a particular interpretation of the World War I experience, together with airmen's organizational interests, shaped interwar debates about strategic bombing and preserved conceptions of its potentially revolutionary character. This flawed interpretation as well as a failure to anticipate implementation problems were revealed as World War II commenced. By then, the British and Americans had invested heavily in strategic bombing. They saw little choice but to try to solve the problems in real time and make long-range bombing as effective as possible. Combining narrative with analysis, this book presents the first-ever comparative history of British and American strategic bombing from its origins through 1945. In examining the ideas and rhetoric on which strategic bombing depended, it offers critical insights into the validity and robustness of those ideas--not only as they applied to World War II but as they apply to contemporary warfare.