This book covers the inception, growth and employment of Britain’s airborne forces (parachute and glider-borne formations) – between June 1940 and March 1945. It follows politics and policy, equipment and technology, personnel and training, command and control and concepts and doctrine. The coverage includes the political environment within which the major decisions were made concerning Britain’s airborne forces. Also covered is Churchill’s personal contribution, the effect of inter-service rivalry and the influence of other government departments. The methods and obstacles to procuring and supplying the bespoke and combat equipment required by airborne forces. The provision of support aircraft and procurement of gliders. The recruitment of the new force, the training of paratroops and glider pilots and collective training prior to operations. The influence of key individuals. The attitude of higher commanders to the new capability, the selection and impact of commanders within the airborne force, and the influence of the airborne staff. Thde book also examines the deployment of airborne forces on operations in the Mediterranean and northwest Europe. The influence of physical constraints (equipment and personnel), and the example of the enemy’s airborne forces.
CHURCHILL’S SPEARHEAD The Development Of Britain’s Airborne Forces In World War II
Written by a former senior officer in airborne forces, this thorough study examines all aspects of the concept, recruitment, training and deployment of airborne forces in the Second World War. The definitive book on the subject.