Item description for 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 1: Spartan to Normandy June 1943-June 1944 by Christopher Shores...
The 2nd TAF, equipped with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew ground attack and tank-busting missions in support of Montgomery's 21st Army Group as it advanced through Normandy and north-west Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber units struck at enemy transport, ammunition dumps and communication targets. The 2nd TAF comprised British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian and New Zealand crews. The first volume in this three-book set deals with the formation and expansion of 2nd TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the next 12 months, and with the initial critical month of the invasion. This volume, as with the two subsequent volumes, is not only profusely illustrated with many little known photographs, and with Chris Thomas's masterly artwork, but also contains daily listings of all claims made against enemy aircraft, and all losses, damage and casualties suffered by 2nd Tactical aircraft and aircrews in carrying out their arduous duties.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.97" Width: 8.9" Height: 1.02" Weight: 2.56 lbs.
Release Date Nov 7, 2004
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223407 ISBN13 9781903223406
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More About Christopher Shores
Christopher Shores has been wrting about World War II aviation for fifty years. He lives in Engalnd.
Reviews - What do customers think about 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 1: Spartan to Normandy June 1943-June 1944?
Another classic from Mr. Shores Apr 4, 2006
Christopher Shores' books are characterized by meticulous research and surprisingly good writing, and the reworked 2nd Tactical Air Force series is no exception. The books are information-rich, and arranged in the usual day-by-day fashion.
No fluff. No unsupported statements. Excellent photos and profiles. Good value for the price. Enjoy!
Ground by the Allies on D-Day and Beyond Apr 23, 2005
At the beginning of World War II the Germans showed the world how a mixed arms unit of aircraft, tanks, artillery and infantry working togeather could smash anything that stood in its path. Unfortunately the British and the Americans were somewhat slow to learn such co-operation. Both the RAF and the US Army Air Force had a series of generals that believed that they could win the war without the rest of the military if only they got enough heavy bombers.
During the preparation before Overlord it was only with great effort that Eisenhower got them to assist in the invasion. They insisted on deep penetration raids into Germany rather than helping the ground forces. When finally ordered by higher command to assist they did so reluctantly and poorly. The beaches at Normandie were supposed to be riddled with so many bomb craters that no Germans were supposed to be left alive. Basically they missed all the beaches. Finally they were ordered to assist in the breakout from Normandy with Operation Cobra. They were to fly along a road and bomb only to the east of the road. Instead they flew across the road and the backward creap of the bombs fell on American troops. The highest ranking American general killed in the war, Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair was killed by such "friendly fire." After that Eisenhower refused to use the heavy bombers again.
Instead, Eisenhower concentrated on the use of the smaller planes of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. This book is their story.
This is an absolutely beautiful book, profusely illustrated with hundreds of wartime photographs, most of which I've never seen before. Of particular interest to me were the pictures of the early Allison engined Mustang with its three bladed prop and greenhouse canopy, and of the Douglas A-20 (Boston/Havoc) bomber. Both of these were soon replaced by the Merlin engined Mustang and the A-26. But this volume of the book covers the time frame from June 1943 to June 1944, that's when these planes were in use.