Gething, Michael J.
Title SKY GUARDIANS: BRITAIN'S AIR DEFENCE 1918-1993.
Book Condition Very Good+
Jacket Condition Very Good+
Edition First Edition.
Publisher London Arms and Armour 1993
0853689466 / 9780853689461
Seller ID 25221
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). B&w maps, photographs. "(O)ffers snapshots of UK air defences at ten-yearly intervals, detailing how each (new) threat was perceived and what the response to it was, with a critique of that response and subsequent orders of battle to demonstrate how air defence evolved in real terms. In-depth reviews of the major examples over 75 years include the first German raids on Britain and the development of anti-aircraft artillery; the appearance of German Heinkel and Dornier bombers in the 1930s and the design of the Hurricane and Spitfire to defeat this threat; and the defence against Soviet Cold War bombers in the form of the Hunter and Bloodhound. The result is a progressive history that concludes with the state of current defences and thoughts for the future: how will emerging challenges to the UK and NATO be met and countered? Illustrated with a wide range of photographs of the weapons systems deployed through three quarters of a century, this is an usual and perceptive new assessment, with particular value in this anniversary year for the RAF." Small thin scuff on front board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top of flap-folds and spine, very small closed perforation on front flap-fold - archivally taped.