A Flawed Strategy: Early British Air Defense Arrangements

  • Alfred Gollin
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


In 1940 Britain faced a test that would determine national life or death. In this instance the threat to the nation came from the air. For centuries and ages past, however, the British had defended their island home from invasion or attack by controlling, with their fleets, the far and narrow seas. When vehicles that could fly successfully in the air were developed early in this century it is not surprising that some people in Britain paid very serious attention to them because of the effect they might have upon the safety of the British Isles.


Sole Responsibility Vulnerable Point World Crisis Wright Brother Island Home 
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  1. 1.
    Sir Walter Raleigh, The War in The Air (London: 1969), vol. I, p. 1.Google Scholar
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    H. A. Jones, The War In The Air (Oxford: 1931), vol. III, p. 71.Google Scholar

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