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People of the Forces Trilogy 3 Guarding the Skies, The by  Dennis Barker - Paperback - First Thus 1st Printing - 1990 - from Fully Booked (SKU: 000775)

People of the Forces Trilogy 3 Guarding the Skies, The

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People of the Forces Trilogy 3 Guarding the Skies, The

by Barker, Dennis

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ISBN 10
0747400431
ISBN 13
9780747400431
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London: Sphere Books Ltd - Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd, 1990. Light Creasing on Front, Rear Covers, Spine; Front, Rear Covers, Spine Lightly Chipped; Moderate Sticker Pull to Front Cover; Edges Lightly Soiled. CONTENTS: Introduction PART I: THE FRONT LINES 1 The Home Defenders 2 West Faces East 3 Not Quite East of Suez 4 Furthest Outposts 5 The One and Only Regiment 6 Women and Wives PART II: BEHIND THE LINES 7 The Bunker and Beyond 8 The RAF Plc? 9 Three-Dimensional Chess 10 The US Connection PART III: WAYS OF ADVANCEMENT 11 All Classes Welcome 12 The Real Classes (I): The Officers 13 The Real Classes (2): The Airmen 14 A Closed Circle? PART IV: PUBLIC CONTACTS 15 Pilots at Sixteen 16 The Rescuers 17 Civilians-Plus 18 On Public Show; In Conclusion. SYNOPSIS: Fifty years after the Second World War, in which the vital importance of the Royal Air Force in modern warfare became increasingly obvious, the RAF continues to perform a crucial role in the defence of Britain and the West. Although severely depleted in numbers since the days of the Spitfire, it now has the capacity to react to situations anywhere in the world at a speed impossible for other services to match. But the efficiency of the force is dependent on its personnel, the men and women who commit themselves to a life that encompasses hardship, danger and military discipline. Guarding The Skies is a detailed and compelling study of these people and their world. Largely researched through interviews with personnel at bases as far afield as the Arctic Circle and Hong Kong, it paints a unique portrait of the human side of the increasingly high-tech world of air defence. Dennis Barker is the author of the two previous self-contained volumes of The People of the Forces Trilogy, Soldiering On and Ruling the Waves, of a vivid study of how a threatened aristocratic country estate was saved, One Man's Estate, and of other non-fiction books. He is also the author of three novels and has been a frequent broadcaster. He has been on the staff of the Guardian since 1963 as reporter, feature writer, media correspondent and columnist.. First Thus 1st Printing. Mass Market Paperback. Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

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Bookseller Inventory #
000775
Title
People of the Forces Trilogy 3 Guarding the Skies, The
Author
Barker, Dennis
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Good
Edition
First Thus 1st Printing
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0747400431
ISBN 13
9780747400431
Publisher
Sphere Books Ltd - Macdonald & Co (Publishers) Ltd
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1990
Keywords
History,Warfare
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History - Warfare;

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