THE RISE AND FALL OF THE FRENCH AIR FORCE
French Air Operations and Strategy 1900-1940
Autore: Greg Baughen
- Explains what the French Air Force got wrong – and what it got right
- Based on original archive material and supplemented with many unpublished photographs
- Meticulously researched and of interest to the aviation and military historian as well as scale aviation modellers
On 10 May 1940, the French possessed one of the largest air forces in the world. On paper, it was nearly as strong as the RAF.
Six weeks later, France had been defeated. For a struggling French Army desperately looking for air support, the skies seemed empty of friendly planes. In the decades that followed, the debate raged about what had gone wrong. Were there unused stockpiles of planes? Were French aircraft really so inferior?
Greg Baughen examines the myths that surround the French defeat. He traces some of the problems back to the very earliest days of French aviation. He explains how the lessons of the First World War were forgotten and instead unproven, radical new theories came to dominate French thinking.
Just in time, the French realised their mistake, but right up to the decisive German offensive, poor decisions and bad luck dogged French efforts to modernise their air force. Yet, despite the problems, defeat was not inevitable. If better use had been made of the planes that were available, the outcome might have been different.
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