Air Force Colors, Vol. 2: ETO & MTO European & Mediterranean by Dana Bell

By Dana Bell

Paperback with slick coating.
Covers the advance and alertness folks military Air Corps
camouflage markings from the put up WWI time-frame to early WWII.
Heavily illustrated with interval black-and-white photographs
and line art.
Each photograph is observed with a close caption.
16 pages containing complete colour insignias, paint scheme variations,
markings and nostril art.
An first-class reference!

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Roberts moved his column at a fierce pace, at times covering as much as 34km (21 miles) in a single day. Supporters claimed his haste was based upon his desire to save the garrison at Kandahar. Less generous critics countered that he was trying to outdistance a second relief column under Major-General Robert Phayre, who had also been dispatched to relieve Kandahar. In fact, some observers dubbed the dual relief marches the Race for the Peerage'. In reality, Roberts was probably motivated by both duty and a quest for glory, motivations that were hardly a vice in a soldier of empire.

Already expert riflemen, the Boers found in the Mauser Ml889 a superb weapon, ideal for their style of fighting. 3in) round with deadly accuracy. On the open veldt of southern Africa, the Boers were able to deliver lethally accurate rifle fire at incredible distances. Virtually every Boer rode to battle on horseback, but they did not fight as cavalry. Instead, they fought as mounted infantry. Riding into position, they dismounted to engage the enemy. With their horses tethered nearby, they could easily remount and manoeuvre quickly to take advantage of an enemy mistake, seal off an enemy breakthrough or make a rapid withdrawal if necessary.

Affectionately known as 'Bobs' to his troops, Roberts was born in India, the son of a career army officer. He was a brilliant tactician and master of colonial warfare. T H E ROLE OF I N F A N T R Y Private, 30th Bombay Native Infantry (1880) Like all Lndian soldiers in the Second Afghan War, this private is armed with the Lee-Snider rifle, an outdated breech-loader used to equip native regiments. After the Indian Mutiny the British were careful not to allow Lndian units to possess the same advanced weaponry as British soldiers.

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