Coningham : a biography of Air Marshal Sir Arthur...

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Page 255 - Report it may truly be said that no more baffling problem has ever been presented for investigation. In the complete absence of any reliable evidence as to either the nature or the cause of the disaster to "Star Tiger...
Page 133 - The Soldier commands the land forces, the Airman commands the air forces; both commanders work together and operate their respective forces in accordance with a combined Army-Air plan, the whole operations being directed by the Army Commander.
Page 215 - I feel that Monty's strategy for once is at fault. Instead of carrying out the advance on Arnhem he ought to have made certain of Antwerp in the first place.
Page 207 - Conyngham [sic] is continuing to badnamlel you and the Army and that what he says in this kind is easily circulated in SHAEF via Tedder and again that Bedell - who seems to have become very conceited and very sour - listens too readily to the poison. If I am right then you will have no comfort until you have demanded and obtained the removal of Conyngham from any connection with OVERLORD whatever. He is a bad and treacherous man and will never be other than a plague to you. If I may presume further...
Page 79 - distribute" aircraft in this way, and no air superiority will stand any large application of such a mischievous practice. 4. Upon the Military Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East announcing that a battle is in prospect, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief will give him all possible aid irrespective of other targets, however attractive. Victory in the battle makes amends for all, and creates new favourable situations...
Page 164 - We are about to embark on the most momentous enterprise of the war — striking for the first time at the enemy in his own land.
Page 167 - Germans are making preparations for withdrawal to the mainland when this becomes necessary. It is quite possible he may start pulling out before front collapses. We must be in a position to take immediate advantage of such a situation by using full weight of Naval and Air power. You have no doubt co-ordinated plans to meet this contingency...
Page 147 - If Sitrep is in earnest and balanced against . . . facts, it can only be assumed that II Corps personnel concerned are not battle-worthy in terms of present operations. In view of outstandingly efficient and successful work of American Air Command concerned, it is requested that such inaccurate and exaggerated reports should cease.
Page 159 - And further, in my opinion, to make a sure thing attack for the Eighth Army and its "ever victorious General," and to hell with the rest of the war.
Page 147 - Corps personnel concerned are not battleworthy in terms of present operations. In view of outstandingly efficient and successful work of American air command concerned it is requested that such inaccurate and exaggerated reports should cease. 12 Air Support Command have been instructed not to allow their brilliant and conscientious air support of Two Corps to be affected by this false cry of wolf.

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