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2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 3: From the Rhine to Victory (Air War Classics) [Hardcover]

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It is more than 30 years since the original and highly-acclaimed history of 2nd Tactical Air Force was first published, and it has been long out of print. Now at last, a completely rewritten and greatly expanded account of this important command's vital contribution to the Invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the forces of the Third Reich in Western Europe has been prepared. 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 northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber units struck at enemy transport, ammunition dumps, and communication targets. The 2nd TAF comprized British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian, and New Zealand crews.

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Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   2.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2006
Publisher   Classic Publications
ISBN  1903223601  
ISBN13  9781903223604  

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Um livro sobre um assunto pouco explorado  Feb 12, 2008
Esta é a terceira parte de uma série publicada pela Classic sobre um tema pouco explorado: a 2ª Força Aérea Tática que atuou na Europa durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial.

Em um palco onde a 8ª e 9ª Forças Aéreas americanas eram as mais conhecidas, a 2ª Força Aérea Tática tinha como missão principal o apoio às tropas terrestres após a invasão da Normandia (Dia D) utilizando aviões como o Typhoon, Tempest, Spitfire, Mosquito, Mustang e Mitchell. Tal missão era das mais importantes uma vez que permitia aos aliados a supremacia aérea no campo de batalha.

Não tenho os dois primeiros volumes, mas o terceiro trata da fase final da guerra, compreendendo o período entre Janeiro e Maio de 1945. E neste livro, a surpresa fica por conta de sua qualidade.

O texto está estruturado em três fases (Veritable, Plunder e Victory) e explica nas principais datas as operações compreendidas naqueles dias. Se o leitor procura um escopo mais abrangente sobre táticas, implicações históricas e políticas, análises e consequências sobre as operações, pode esqueçer. O texto é pontual sobre quais aviões que participaram das operações, quantos foram abatidos, como foram abatidos, quais os pilotos envolvidos e outras informações.

O livro possui também excelentes perfis à cores dos aviões utilizados pelos aliados além de algumas fotos à cores da época.

Tal assunto já havia sido explorado de uma forma bem abrangente na década de 70. Mas agora, com esta série, pode-se dizer que o assunto está bem explorado.
Third Volume in the Excellent Series  Nov 14, 2006
This is volume 3 of a three volume set on the ground support units of the RAF in action in Europe after D-Day. This book covers January to May 1945 and covers the last months of the war. Here are the latest planes, the Spitfire IX, XIV and XVI, the Tempest V, Typhoon IB and at the very end the Gloster Meteor III. This book is a detailed story of the units involved, the people, and the operations that took place.

In the early part of the war the idea of close ground support was all but unknown in the allied armies. It was the province of the Germans to develop the Blitzkrieg concept. By D-Day, the situation has turned. The Germans were figiting for survival, and had few aircraft left with little fuel and poorly trained people. The 2nd Tactical, on the other hand had learned their job well, very well indeed.

This series of books is clearly the definitive work on the subject, and make for excellent reading.

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