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Airmen in Exile

The Allied Air Forces in the Second World War

By (author) Alan Brown
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Published: 20th Jun 2000
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm
Weight: 300g
ISBN-10: 0750920122
ISBN-13: 9780750920124
Barcode No: 9780750920124
Synopsis
During World War II, exiled airmen from six occupied countries in Europe fought and flew alongside the squadrons of the Royal Air Force from British soil. All of these men had escaped from occupied territory and had a burning desire to hit back at the Nazi war machine that had so ruthlessly crushed their homelands. This text looks at the organization and deployment of these squadrons and units, the political controversies generated by their arrival and the obstacles that needed to be overcome, the fighting experience of the men themselves and their squadrons during the war, and finally, the circumstances, difficulties and practicalities of their repatriation at the war's end. The author offers evidence which highlights a secret and often hypocritical British attitude to their uninvited allies.

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