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Never in the Field of Human Conflict …

August 13th — Eagle Day In 1940 Hitler’s Luftwaffe set out to establish air superiority over southern England and the English Channel in order to enable a cross-channel invasion of Britain, code-named as Operation Sea Lion. Hitler’s forces had just completed the swift...

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Triple Team

P38 Lightning, P47 Thunderbolt, P51 MustangIn my last two blogs I discussed the B17 Flying Fortress and the B24 Liberator, the two USAAF heavy bombers that carried much of the load in the Allied European daylight bombing campaigns, and the extraordinary courage and...

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B 24 Liberator

The Consolidated B24 Liberator suffers from the same ‘second class billing’ as the Hawker Hurricane. Just as the RAF’s Hurricane fighter is seen as somehow less important in the Battle of Britain in comparison to the iconic Spitfire, the Liberator is seen as ‘second...

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Boeing B 17 Flying Fortress

I am now engaged in the next episode in the Breaking Point series, which is set in 1943 amid the Allied bombing campaigns against Germany, in which the US Eighth Air Force flew B17s and B24s against Germany by day, and RAF Bomber Command flew Lancasters and Halifaxes...

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History in the making

I last wrote about Ukraine on March 29th, when the conflict was just a month old and everyone was surprised how long the war had lasted. Well, soon the conflict will be three months old, with no immediate prospect of ending soon. I’ll write about the war from a...

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History repeats itself once more

Kviv, World War IIKviv, 2022We watch the agony of Ukraine in sorrow but we should not watch it in surprise. This was, alas, so predictable. Only those who do not know the past can be surprised or shocked—the pundits and commentators throughout the global media who are...

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