It is good, therefore, to find that Higham--veteran Second World War RAF Dakota pilot in the Southeast Asian theater and, after the war, arguably the most influential aerospace historian particularly military aerospace historian of his time--is still at it.
He certainly has not lost his touch. These two books, which are "stand alone" studies but are best read together, confirm that Higham's reputation for excellence is both well-deserved and enduring.
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Both works should be standard references for decades to come. It is remarkable that, in the decades after World War II, no one undertook a comparative study of Anglo-French air power thinking and development until Higham began his own research. Certainly a number of very fine interwar accounts exist regarding both the British and French air arms, as well as some summary studies on what happened in Indeed, this book should be the starting point for any future investigation into the air war during those crucial months of Review courtesy of Britain At War Magazine.
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Two Roads to War: The French and British Air Arms from Versailles to Dunkirk
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He then dissects the the campaigns, their losses and replacement policies and abilities. One important finding is that the consumption and wastage was not nearly as high as claimed. The three air forces actually shot down only 19 percent of the number claimed. In the RAF case, in the summer of , 44 percent of those shot down were readily repairable thanks to the salvage and repair organizations. This contrasted with the much lower 8 percent for the Germans and zero for the French. Brave as the aircrews may have been, the inescapable conclusion is that awareness of consumption, wastage, and sustainability were intimately connected to survival.
He served in the RAF as a pilot. He was the author of numerous books and articles in the field of aviation history.
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