An absolute must reference for British Airborne in WWII.
THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945, ARMY, AIRBORNE FORCES, Compiled By Lieutenant -Colonel T.B.H. Otway, D.S.O., The Royal Ulster Rifles, CONFIDENTIAL: THE WAR OFFICE, 1951. Hardcovers, red cloth, 468 pages, illustrated with photos and 21 map plates.
Table of Contents: (highlights), Enemy Airborne Forces, Origin of British AB, Formation of AB Division, AB Operations In Italy…, 1st Para Brigade Operations In North Africa, Formation of Special Air Service, AB Forces in the UK and America, Preparations for the Invasion of North West Europe, Normandy Operations, 1st Allied AB, and Projected Ops, Independent Para Bde, SAS Operations in France-Belgium-Holland and Italy, AB Operations In the Arnhem Area, Crossing the River Rhine, AB Force in India, AB Forces in Far East,
Appendices: The Glider, Aircraft, The Parachute, Radar Homing Devices, Equipment For Dropping Stores From Aircraft, Standard SOP for AB and Troop Carrier units, Orders of Battle, and so much more.
Although dated 1951, the forward is quite telling: “This book is one of a series of volumes, compiled by authority of the Army Council, the object of which is to preserve the experience gained during the Second World War, 1939-1945, in selected fields of military staff work and administration….The author has been given access to official sources of information, and every endeavour has been made to ensure the accuracy of the work as an historical record….”
The condition is very good, with rubbing to cloth covers, mostly corners and spine. A tight, clean copy within, only a signature was clipped off the upper inch of the inner fly leaf (1x 3″).