Airborne to Battle: A History of Airborne Warfare 1918-1971 - Maurice TugwellLondon: William Kimber & Co., Ltd, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the head of the spine, faded at the same with a further shelf wear. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Speed, surprise & flexibility in attack were early recognised to be advantages possessed by airborne troops. Untested in 1918, it introduced a new dimension to military thought between the Wars, when Russia raised large airborne forces, and Germany trained the units which were to play a key role in their success in Belgium and Holland. Since then the theory and practice of military assault from the air has evolved rapidly, some of the lessons taught by bitter experience.
In this study of airborne warfare, whether in close support of ground forces or self-sustaining independent operations, Lt. Colonel Tugwell pays careful regard to the aims of the force commander, of whatever nationality; his analysis of significant engagements include Student’s achievements and the battle for Crete, the Allied invasion of Sicily, D-Day and Arnhem, Wingate’s and Kenney’s operations against Japan, Suez 1956, the Israeli campaign of 1967 and the U. S. Air Mobile Division’s experiences in Vietnam.
‘Vertical envelopment’ gives a military commander the advantage of a new dimension, but operations have often been bedevilled by the fine dividing line between air-power and ground force responsibility, further confounded by misconceptions about what an airborne force can be expected to achieve. Many of the battles reviewed are notable for the personal valour of lightly-armed troops exploiting their surprise arrival to win the initiative against a better equipped defence. In this professional and informed assessment Lt. Colonel Tugwell is always ready to question whether commanders made responsible use of those troops.”