By Williamson Murray
Nice e-book. essentially breaks down and covers each point of global battle . covers themes completely. nice e-book for an individual attracted to WWII.
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Extra resources for A War To Be Won: Fighting the Second World War
The Chamberlain government’s prewar decision to support a defensive rather than an offensive air strategy supported Dowding’s efforts, an approach the Air Ministry ﬁrmly opposed. By 1939 Britain had a functioning air defense system that integrated aircraft, radar, and communications into a coherent whole. Development of air power in the United States followed a similar path in many respects. As with the British, American air power advocates staked out an ideological position. S. air units supporting the St.
However, the chiefs argued that Italy’s neutrality would be preferable to its hostile participation in any gathering conﬂict. They won the argument. The Italians would remain neutral until June 1940, when the desperate situation of the Allies would entice Mussolini to join the war on Germany’s side. In passing up the opportunity to add the Italian albatross to Germany’s responsibilities in 1939, the Allies also missed the opportunity to ﬁght the Italians at a time when little German help was available.
Anti-submarine forces also exercised only to protect fast-moving ﬂeets, not slow-moving convoys. A second failure of the Royal Navy during the interwar period was in underestimating the importance of aircraft carriers. For most Royal Navy ofﬁcers, the true measure of naval power remained the battleship. There was some irony in this, because by the end of World War I the British possessed a ﬂeet of 11 primitive carriers—at a time when no other navy in the world possessed a single carrier. The creation of the RAF in 1917 turned the Royal Navy’s air assets over to the air force staff, which placed development of carrier aircraft at the bottom of its priorities.