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Not what I expected,
This review is from: Royal Air force Coastal Command (Kindle Edition)
I think the fault is mine, in that I was expecting a book focusing on the men, planes, and operations of Coastal Command during its existence, with perhaps an outline of its origins, its place in the wider context of air warfare, and the changing political background. However the book is far more than that, and the balance is the other way: the author's theme is the wider context, covering the evolution of air warfare from its beginnings, through the development of various offensive and defensive roles of military aviation with particular reference to naval aviation, looking at the constraints, the fallacies, the ineptness and inflexible thinking in high places, right up to the present day - a story of which Coastal Command's 33 year existence is but one strand, albeit a major one. Possibly because the author is writing about what is in fact a vast subject he seems to lose his way a little in places, but undoubtedly he speaks with considerable experience of his subject, and his views are robust and his arguments compelling, though whether they will be heeded is open to doubt in this era of savage cuts to almost every part of our public expenditure including defence.