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By Ian Sumner

This ebook examines the foremost British commanders of worldwide warfare II (1939-1945) around the 3 branches of carrier. to boot being supplied with biographical information for every of the 24 commanders chosen, we're given interesting insights into their personalities and their variety of command. tests in their wrestle files and performances stressed also are provided. modern photographs and luxurious color artistic endeavors offer information in their uniforms, costume and visual appeal in the course of wartime provider. The commanders delivered to existence by means of this publication comprise Auchinleck, Alan Brooke, Cunnigham, Freyberg, Harris, Montgomery, Ramsay, Slessor, narrow, Tedder and Urquhart.

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In summer during peacetime, the cap had been worn with a white cover but this was abolished on the outbreak of war. e. admirals of the fleet admirals vice and rear admirals) and commodores 1st class were decorated with two lines of oak leaves embroidered in gold bullion wire. 60 B: NORTH AFRICA, 1940-42 1. General Sir Archibald Wavell , Cairo 1941 Wavell wears the tropical version of officer's service dress. This was basically the same uniform as that worn by Sir Alan Brooke in A 1, but in a lighter material.

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC (1917-92). Cheshire was an outstanding flyer who first commanded 76 Squadron, and then the famous 617 Squadron after Gibson's death. He served as Master Bomber on a number of successful raids, on several occasions marking the targets at a very low level. (IWM CH12667) 3 4 63 INDEX 2 ir H r Id • , 4--- , 4 , ral rri 2-. I 3 - I, ( l . 1. D2 . B . 1. 2. r ,. ~ 1--· 22. 0. l mir,tl 'ir 5. 2 ~1 ,' 2:--t. 2 , 1. 1 Im hal J J ir rn tj. 14 Ii" r 25 r h I rd >rd . t ar hal wi ht f F 7.

Slatter (1894-1961) had commanded RAF squadrons in the Sudan against the Italians; here, in 1943, he was AOC 15 Group in Coastal Command, and would eventually succeed as AOC-in-C Coastal Command in 1945. (IWM CH9297) nd h wa r t l t 44 p ii ir \\ uld whi h Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh- Mallory (1892-1944). Commander of 12 Fighter Group during the Battle of Britain, he espoused 1big wing' tactics, large formations of fighters designed to meet the large German formations on somewhere near equal or better terms.

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