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A Time for Courage: The Royal Air Force in the European War, 1939-1945 Hardcover – March, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 828 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (March 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026169703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026169707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gary Giumarra on January 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Of the hundreds of books that I have read regarding the history of WWII this ranks as one of the best. It is not just another sterile catalog of the various battles and campaigns of the war. Rather it puts in context the efforts of the RAF in terms of the total war effort. The author traces the development of RAF doctrine from WWI right through to the end of WWII and highlights how the erroneous understanding regarding the proper use of airpower, especially the myopic emphasis on "strategic" bombing, prevalent in the high command of the RAF and the British government, warped political and military decision making both prior to and during the war. In addition, he makes a number of insightful observations regarding other areas in connection with the war, which only make the overall impact of the book that much more powerful. Though the book offers a thorough sampling of action vignettes where appropriate, it is not for those seeking a "blood and guts" narrative of the RAF in WWII. If, however, you are looking for an insightful analysis of the role of the RAF and of airpower in general in WWII, I cannot recommend a book more highly.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John A. Barnes on October 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you want a serious but well-written history of the Royal Air Force in Europe during the Second World War, John Terraine's "A Time for Courage" is it. (Published in England as "Right of the Line.")
The roots of Britain's air strategy in the decisions taken in the 1920's and '30's are explored. He notes high points without getting bogged down. (The highly publicized but strategically insignificant Dam's Raid, for example, is covered in less than a page.) Terraine is sober without being boring, and explores issues often neglected in many histories, such as personnel policies and equipment decisions. What a pity that the book is out of print.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gene S.Barnes on August 18, 2011
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Book looks like a Five Star hence the above rating. Have not had a chance to read it yet. Have many books on my reading list, especially recent acquisitions about the Battle of Britain, that I will probably read before getting to this one. Anticipate that "A Time for Courage" will add to my knowledge of the RAF during World War II.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Greene on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is tragic that this fine book is out of print. Get one of the used copies advertised. Terraine gives a comprehensive history of the RAF in WWII. He dicusses the developement of doctrine, equipment and the political debates as well as batttle history. If you like to get in to the muck and mire of war this book is for you. It is not a novel but it will keep your intrest if you want to know the nitty-gritty of fighting an air war.
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