Friday, March 25, 2011

WWII : An Aerial View

The War in the Air
World War II continues to be examined and re-examined by historians. Could the war have been won without good air support? The following titles explore the question of why air cover was an essential component of a combined war effort in a detailed, yet interesting format.

James Holland’s new book, The Battle of Britain: Five Months that Changed History, May-October 1940 studies the significance and contribution the Battle of Britain made to England's survival using new material not previously available.

World War II by aviation historian Donald Nijboer covers the war in the west and in the east with numerous archival images, bombing strategies, and pilot portraits. Also try companion titles : Cockpit and Gunner.

Williamson Murray’s War in the Air, 1914-1945 is one in the Smithsonian History of Warfare series and presents chapters on the First World War, the Interwar Years, the Air War in Europe, and the Air War in the Pacific. Photographs and maps enhance the text, same as other books in this series.

Also of general interest and great for browsing is Fighter : the World's Finest Combat Aircraft, 1914 to the Present Day by Jim Winchester.

Further Reading and Online Services
Ask at the front service desk for pointers to a variety of resources about World War II, its aerial operations, and fighter pilots. Don't forget our subscription to Encyclopædia Britannica Online, a handy and credible research tool which you can access using your local library card.

Post by Bev Simmons

Photo credit : Four U.S. Army Air Forces P-51 Mustang fighter airplanes in formation over the Italian countryside during World War II. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Source : P-51. [Photograph]. In Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition Retrieved from