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THE RAF STRATEGIC NUCLEAR DETERRENT FORCES : Their Origins, Roles & deployment 1946 - 1969.

Wynn, Humphrey

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ISBN 10: 0117728330 / ISBN 13: 9780117728332
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London 1997, HMSO, paper covers, UK first edition, 6 x 8 1/4, FINE CONDITION , xiv, 653 pp, illustrated in B&W and color, numerous appendices, notes, index. ------------------------------------------------------------------This history records the circumstances and events that led to probably the greatest change in British defence policy in peacetime, and its implementation by Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force. It is an account of courage, determination and devotion, beginning with the decision by a small number of Ministers in 1947 to develop an atomic bomb. It then takes us through the brilliant work of our scientists and engineers in designing Blue Danube, the first operational weapon, the foresight and planning of the Air Staff resulting in the specification and building of the 'V' bombers - Valiant, Vulcan and Victor, the best aircraft of their type anywhere in the world at the time, and the final execution of the deterrent policy by Bomber Command.--------------------------------------------------------------------------The task given to the Command was immense. It was to prepare and maintain for instant retaliation against an attack more than 180 `V' bombers and 60 Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The maintaining of this force at virtually war readiness called for a sustained effort by all ranks in the Command and considerable sacrifice in the private lives of commanders, staffs, air and ground crews. 'Chat these sacrifices were made willingly was a measure of their belief in the Command's role and its importance in deterring war.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This account also tells of the remarkable partnership between Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force and Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force. These two Commands alone provided the Western deterrent in the nineteen fifties and sixties; theirs was a great working partnership based on a common aim, a mutual respect for each other's professional capabilities and, as time went on, personal friendships at all levels. It is excellent that all this history should be recorded now whilst many of the participants are still alive and their memories can so usefully supplement the official papers. N° de ref. de la librería 37788

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