Silent Skies

Gliders at War 1939-1945

Tim Lynch

Date Published :
October 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
60 b/w photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157365
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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On 10 May 1940 warfare changed forever when gliders swooped down to seize the fortress of Eben Emael in Belgium ahead of the German advance. In the following five years of war, the glider evolved into a war-winning weapon capable of landing men, guns and even tanks with pinpoint precision. Across the world it became a vital element in military planning, yet no full history of glider operations has been written. Tim Lynch, in this graphic and highly readable study, gives vivid accounts of glider operations - some famous, some less well known - in every theater of the war, in northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Far East and the Pacific. He quotes extensively from the memoirs and eyewitness accounts of the glider pilots and the troops they carried, and he traces the evolution glider tactics over the course of the war.

About The Author

After military service in the Falklands and Northern Ireland, Tim Lynch studied Social Anthropology at university before working in the public sector, where he was closely involved in efforts to increase understanding and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. He began his freelancing career alongside this and now specialises in history and travel subjects - having written 10 books on the social and military history of the First and Second World Wars. In between writing and a day job with the National Probation Service, he works as a battlefield guide - leading school groups on the Western Front.

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