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WWII historian Richard Overy tells us why the pilots of 1918 would be surprised if they could see their air force now, and how George V had more input that you might think


“The RAF was controversial throughout its infancy; not everyone was too happy about this new upstart”

The Birth of the RAF, 1918

By Richard Overy Allen Lane, £14.99, hardback, 160 pages

This year marks the centenary of the formation of the RAF, the world’s oldest independent air force. Established in the dying days of World War I – the first conflict that saw significant aerial combat – it would prove an essential element of the armed forces during World War II just a few decades later. Yet the RAF was surprisingly controversial throughout its infancy; as Richard Overy documents in his new book, not everyone was too happy about this new upstart. This is a concise, insightful look at the forces and figures responsible for shaping an organisation that endured against the odds.

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