The British and the Commonwealth War in the Air 1939-45, Volume 1

Through Adversity

Ben Kite

Through Adversity is a comprehensive history of the Britain's war in the air. It focuses on the operational experiences of aircrew from across the Commonwealth.
Publication date:
November 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
155 b/w photos, 14 colour maps, 6 figures
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ISBN : 9781912866236

Dimensions : 245 X 170 mm
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Through Adversity is a unique book that provides a comprehensive account of Britain and the Commonwealth's war in the air during the Second World War. It combines detailed studies into the tactics, techniques and technology,together with the personal accounts of the aircrew themselves as they executed some of the most hazardous operations of the war.

Through Adversity is exceptional in the breadth of the war it covers. Twenty-five separate chapters explain all aspects of the air war ranging from subjects such as the air defence of Britain to anti-shipping strikes in the Mediterranean or close air support missions in Burma. Even some of the rarer elements of British air power are given an appropriate place in this book.

Through Adversity has a global and cosmopolitan feel to it. It includes exciting and thought-provoking accounts from not only RAF personnel, but also those of the RAAF, RNZAF, RCAF, SAAF, The Fleet Air Arm, as well as Poles, Frenchmen and other personnel from occupied countries.

It is exceptionally well Illustrated with over 150 photographs and diagrams, many never published before, as well as over 15 maps and diagrams. The book will undoubtedly appeal not only to aficionados, who will find considerable new information and insights, but also the more general reader who will appreciate it as the most comprehensive book written on Britain's war in the air to date.


''I unreservedly recommend this book and I am already looking forward to the second volume.''
Military Historical Society Bulletin