Unflinching Zeal: The Air Battles Over France and Britain, May-October 1940 Hardcover – Sep 15 2012
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“Two Roads to War is immensely readable, but it is also incredibly dense with fact. Robin Higham’s firsthand knowledge of the history of the period helps make this book an enduring masterpiece. Buy it; read it! ― Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis
"Unflinching Zeal is very much recommended [book for those] who seek in-depth history surrounding early World War II.” ― The Midwest Book Review
“Two Roads to War is simply magnificent―just riveting, and I really have enjoyed it. It is a singular contribution to the literature of interwar military aviation, and a work that establishes a new standard for historians studying that period.” ― Richard P. Hallion, Aerospace Historian
"Higham, a doyen of air power history (100 Years of Air Power and Aviation), makes another significant contribution with this comparative analysis of French and British policies and developments between the world wars.” ― Publishers Weekly
"Robin Higham’s comparative study of British and French aviation during the interwar period offers a comprehensive and thoughtful portrait of the efforts of two countries to meet the political, military, and industrial challenges posed by a young and rapidly developing technology. Filled with fascinating details, Two Roads to War does not shrink from drawing larger and provocative conclusions about the effectiveness of Britain and France. It is an impressive achievement.” ―Talbot Imlay, Université Laval (Québec, Canada), author of Facing the Second World War: Strategy, Politics, and Economics in Britain and France, 1938–1940
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This consequential work by a pioneer aviation historian fills a significant gap in the story of the defeat of France in 1940. Higham also more fully explains the Battle of Britain and its influence on the Luftwaffe's invasion of the USSR. The author provides a comparative analysis of the French, German, and British air forces and then dissects their campaigns, losses, and replacement abilities. His research led to an important finding: the three air forces actually shot down only 19 percent of the number of aircraft claimed, and in the RAF's case, 44 percent of those shot down were readily repairable, contrasting with only 8 percent for the Germans and zero for the French. Higham concludes that awareness of consumption, wastage, and sustainability were intimately connected to survival, and his book emphasizes the necessity of realistic assessments.See all Product Description
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The author is repetitious and goes over essentially the same ground many times in the same chapter. The book could use better focus and less repetition and probably get the points across easier and in a more understandable manner. The book does present a lot of data that I have never seen before, and I have read a lot of books on airpower in WWII. I think the book is worth reading for this alone.
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