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Churchill's Spearhead : The Development of Britain's Airborne Forces in World War II - GREENACRE JOHN

Churchill's Spearhead

The Development of Britain's Airborne Forces in World War II

Hardcover Published: 20th August 2010
ISBN: 9781848842717
Number Of Pages: 249

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This book covers the inception, growth and employment of Britain?s airborne forces (parachute and glider-borne formations) between June 1940 and March 1945. It takes a comparative approach and follows tailored lines of development. Each of these lines ? politics and policy, equipment and technology, personnel and training, command and control and concepts and doctrine ? influence each other. The contents include: ?Politics and Policy: The political environment within which the major decisions were made concerning the concept of development of Britain?s airborne forces. Churchill?s personal contribution, the effect of inter-service rivalry and the influence of other government departments. ?Equipment and Technology: The methods and obstacles of procuring and supplying the bespoke equipment required by airborne forces. The supply of combat equipment, the provision of support aircraft and the procurement of gliders. ?Personnel and Training: The effort incurred to man the new force and the effect of different approaches to recruitment and training The selection and recruitment of airborne personnel, the individual training of paratroopers and glider pilots and the role of collective training prior to operations. ?Command and Control: The ability of individuals in key appointments to influence the path of development and the operational and tactical employment of the force.The reaction and approach of higher commanders to the new capability, the selection and impact of commanders within the airborne force and influence of the airborne staff. Concept and Doctrine: Examines the manner in which Britain?s airborne forces were employed and performed on operations in the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. How the development of the airborne concept was influenced by physical constraints (equipment and personnel), the ideas of higher commanders and the German example. The impact of individual commanders and physical limitations. AUTHOR Commissioned Army officer since 1988, first in logistics but since 1994 in the Army Air Corps as a reconnaissance helicopter pilot. Operational deployments in the Gulf, the Balkans and Northern Ireland. Other deployments to Germany, the Falklands Islands, Canada and Kenya. Staff appointments in arms control, training, procurement and operations. SELLING POINTS The first comprehensive review of the formation and operations of Britain?s Airborne Forces in WWII Describes Churchill?s enthusiasm and backing for airborne forces despite much political and military opposition The development of special equipment and aircraft ILLUSTRATIONS 20 mono in plates

Forewordp. 6
Acknowledgementsp. 8
Glossaryp. 10
Introductionp. 15
Politics and Policyp. 21
Equipment and Technologyp. 53
Personnel and Trainingp. 92
Command and Controlp. 134
Concept and Doctrinep. 172
Conclusionp. 200
Bibliographyp. 205
Notesp. 216
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9781848842717
ISBN-10: 1848842716
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 20th August 2010
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.58