The End of Army Co-operation Command, 1943
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This chapter looks at the testing of the AASG during Exercise SPARTAN and the difficulties faced by the RAF in creating such a formation on a permanent basis. SPARTAN demonstrated the efficacy of the AASG and with its creation Army Co-operation Command became redundant and the chapter also highlights not only how the Command was disbanded but what became of its resources. SPARTAN also tested the Air OP concept to a greater degree than was possible before and in the context of joint operations. The chapter also looks at the creation of an operational tactical air force, 2nd Tactical Air Force.