- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (16 July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750934301
- ISBN-13: 978-0750934305
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.6 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,222,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fleet Air Arm Handbook 1939-45 Paperback – 16 Jul 2003
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About the Author
David Wragg is the author of fourteen books on aviation history, including Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory. (Sutton,2000, Carrier Combat (Sutton, 1998) and Bombers (Sutton, 1999). A former journalist specialising in transport and defence, he has written for many national newspapers. He lives in Scotland.
Top Customer Reviews
It's the latter half that makes this book so worthwhile. Well done Mr Wragg!
An example of the errors contained within the book is the authors treatment of the terms of the Washington Naval treaty. He makes statements that the RN and USN received a "maximum fleet tonnage of 525,000 tons each" and that the fact that aircraft carriers received 135,000 tons of this 525,000 ton allotment showed how important naval aviation had become.
While the RN and USN were indeed allowed to build up to 135,000 tons of aircraft carriers each, the 525,000 ton figure was not the maximum fleet tonnage allowed to both navy's. It applied solely to the tonnage limit on gun-armed capital ships and beyond the carrier and capital ship tonnage limits there was no limit on the total numbers of other ships that each navy could build so long as no other ship type exceeded 10,000 tons displacement.
The author also refers to a separate tonnage allotment for battlecruisers when in reality Washington lumped battleships and battlecruisers together as capital ships and the 525,000 ton limit regarded both types as one.
This example is just the tip of the iceberg of the faults contained within this book and this horrible mangling of historical events which results in the birth of myths which are then commonly regarded as fact should not be encouraged and for the sake of historical integrity this book and books like it should be avoided at all costs.
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