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The establishment and initial development of a British airborne force, June 1940-January 1942

Buckingham, William Frederick (2001) The establishment and initial development of a British airborne force, June 1940-January 1942. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The following thesis is an examination of the establishment and initial development of a British airborne force. Beginning with an examination of airborne development outside the UK up to 1940, it traces the growing British use of air transport as a tool for imperial policing in the inter-war period, and examines why this did not lead to the logical step of creating a dedicated British airborne force. The impact of German airborne operations and the defeat at Dunkirk in 1940 on British attitudes is then analysed, followed by a detailed examination of the mechanics of the establishment of a British airborne force, ending with the British 1st Parachute Brigade attaining operational status in January 1942.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2001
Depositing User: Mr Toby Hanning
Unique ID: glathesis:2001-1593
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:43
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/1593

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