By Andy Saunders
On ninth August 1941 one of many maximum icons of the second one global warfare, Douglas Bader, used to be shot down, captured and later incarcerated. yet via whom, and the way? was once it via one in every of his lethal German rivals, as Douglas Bader himself maintained, or was once it through certainly one of his personal part? there was a lot debate and controversy between historians and in 2003 the writer of this publication published for the 1st time that Bader could have been sufferer to 'friendly fire'. That revelation was once by means of curiosity within the nationwide press and later by way of a television documentary. during this booklet aviation historian Andy Saunders develops his speculation, subsidized up via robust proof and a wealth of facts, and separates truth from fiction. He expertly dissects all of the fabric when it comes to the day itself, and next occasions. He has additionally persevered the search to discover the mythical fighter pilot's plane, which holds very important clues. And he has startling new fabric to reveal right here additionally. This e-book will fascinate all who learn it and should be visible by means of so much observers to be the last word on one of many nice mysteries of the whole battle. stories "...will curiosity fans and historians alike and may be noticeable by way of many to carry the ultimate resolution to at least one of the nice mysteries of the ecu air war."August 2008, Flight magazine "...will entice historians and normal readers intrigued through this mysterious event."Book information, 07/2008
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In spite of efforts to expand the aviation industry; only 4,500 had been achieved by spring 1938 and many of these were obsolescent types, ordered under previous schemes. The French aviation industry was in a very much worse state and could only produce a fraction of the aircraft required. In 1936 it was nationalized, but it was to take time for the beneficial effects of this to be felt. By 1939, it was still producing only 600 aircraft a year, while the Germans were building 3,000. As in 1914 the French agreed tha t the British should take the lead when it came to naval operations, with the French navy concentrating most of its effort in the Mediterranean.
The manpower for this was to be found through limited conscription, which came into force in spring 1939. Unfortunately, given that air and naval expansion continued to enjoy priority; the industrial resources required to equip this larger army were not initially availaple. As these new measures were being introduced, there wa-s another development on the continent of Europe, this time in the south-east. Mussolini, jealous of Hitler's successes, decided to copy him and sent troops across the Adriatic to Albania, which had been under Italian influence for the past fifteen years.
While Comintern, Moscow's instrument for the export of Communism, agreed to support the left-wing Republican government with volunteers and money, German and Italian aircraft arrived in Spanish Morocco, at Franco's request, and airlifted his troops across the straits to Spain. The British and French, alarmed that the conflict might widen, declared their non-intervention and tried to persuade other nations to do the same. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, while agreeing in principle to do so, in practice ignored the plea.