Review published on June 5, 2017.
I enjoy reading about people who made a difference in both World Wars and so I was really pleased to have the opportunity to review this really interesting book.
The book is so well written and gives a great account of Hugh “Boon” Trenchard, who has quite rightly has been described as “the father of the Royal Air Force”.
With life expectancy being only weeks in the Royal Air Force and the Battle of Britain, this man survived and carried on in retirement as a powerful influence.
Trenchard’s story begins not as the reader would expect, since he actually failed his entrance exams to both the navy and army on several occasions, but as luck would have it he managed to join the Royal Flying Corps in 1912. Two years later the First World War commenced and he rose up the ranks.
I will leave it up to the reader to decide if they did feel Trenchard’s position led to the terrible cost of German civilian lives with the bombings in the Second World War or the fall of Singapore and base defences – one today has to remember we are well read on aspects in history, but hindsight is a great thing.
A worthwhile read and next time I am near Whitehall I will seek out his statue.
Jane Brown 5/5
Trenchard By Russell Miller
W&N 9781780226651 pbk Mar 2017
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