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Project Emily: Thor Irbm And The Raf Paperback – 1 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752446118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752446110
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Boyes has written on Thor for many years, giving papers at the annual conference of the British Rocketry Oral History programme. He was consulted by BBC2 for a documentary on Thor and the Cuban Missile Crisis.


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This is an first rate history of the Thor IRBM project. I was the Commanding Officer of No 240 IRBM Sqdn during this period and am very impressed with the mass of data provided by the author. Well worth reading.
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This is a fine history of the deployment of Thor IRBMs (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles) to Britain in the late 1950s and of their operation until 1963. The author recounts the development of ballistic missile technology from 1945 to the mid-1950s, when the apparent advantage in Soviet missile power relative to the United States made it necessary to deploy IRBMs to Europe as a temporary countermeasure. He shows how the US and Britain reached political agreement to base the missiles in Britain, under joint British and American control, and how the bases were selected. He describes the building of the Thor bases in detail, including not merely the launch pads but the supporting infrastructure. It is clear from this work that the construction of these bases was a much more complex undertaking than is generally understood, and the British and American militaries executed the deployment with great skill under considerable time pressure. He describes the training of the British Royal Air Force crews to operate this American-built missile, which included a number of test launches, and some accidents which occurred at the bases after they became operational. Finally, he shows how the Thor force was brought to increased readiness during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

The author is not a professional historian, but he uses declassified British sources and interviews with former Thor crewmen, as well as a number of secondary sources, in a manner that would do credit to any professional historian. The book is very clearly written and enjoyable to read. There are few, if any, other books on this subject, and I congratulate the author for producing this definitive study.
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An excellent book throwing a lot of light onto this period of the cold war and RAF history. Full of a lot of facts and personal stories along with some rare pictures. I recommend this book to those interested in the RAF,cold war and missiles.
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Britain's failed "Blue Steak" project & not wanting to fall behind in the technology race, we received this WMD from the USA.
The USA needed us to protect them while they built their silo based ICBM's. As someone who worked on "Thor" during the "Cuban Missile Crisis" I was amazed at the wealth of research this author had amassed.
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I bought this book on the off-chance it might be 'OK'. How wrong I was. It was more than OK it is excellent. The detail, the author goes into is great. The writting style is good, and the impact the project had on those involved comes to life. A great, informative read!
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