The RAF in Cold War Germany

Author(s): Ian Smith Watson 

ISBN: 9781781558423
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A comprehensive and gloriously illustrated study on how the RAF prepared for the Cold War and potential nuclear Armageddon.
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  • Many unpublished personal accounts of pilots, aircrew and the viewing public

  • Essential for military/historians, modellers, flight-sim enthusiasts (War Thunder, IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles and DCS) and those interested in RAF air displays and aerobatics

  • Historically rich in detail with previously unpublished colour and mono photographs from private archives and collections

With the Second World War in Europe at an end, Britain was faced with the immediate responsibility to play her part in the occupation of a defeated Germany. As a near bankrupt country, the UK was hard pressed to maintain such a significant military presence on the continent and manage other commitments in the Mediterranean and Far East.

As the immediate post-war years came to pass, Britain and other western powers found themselves reviewing their relationship with the key victor in the east: the USSR. A defining moment developed in 1948 when the Soviet Union attempted to starve the civilians of West Berlin.

Consequently, the Allies delivered aid every minute in the Berlin Airlift or Berliner Luftbrücke. Following a sterling and stubborn effort to keep the city supplied with the minimum materials and food, the Soviet exercise ended in 1949; however, the parameters were now set.

The Iron Curtain had descended across the continent and the RAF were to maintain a constant vigil with nuclear-armed aircraft on station ready to respond to Soviet aggression for four decades.


BOOK ISBN 9781781558423
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 284 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 12 July 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 71 colour photographs

 

 







Ian Smith Watson was born in 1960 and served in the RAF from 1977 to 1990 as an Air Defence Radar Operator. He also worked in Saudi Arabia from 1991 to 1993 on contract to the RSAF under the GENA programme and received the FAA Flight Despatch Licence in 1993. His first book was The Royal Air Force At Home.

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