Book Review-‘The Dawn of the Carrier Strike: The world of Lieutenant W. P. Lucy dso rn’ by D. Hobbs

By David Bowen, published December 2020


This is a story of the hare and the tortoise. While the British hare started well ahead in the naval aviation race at the end of the First World War, political decisions and financial strictures undermined development so that by the Second World War it had been overtaken by the United States Navy (USN) tortoise, with an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) tortoise coming a close second. As the author asserts,

the Royal Navy (RN) was just as enthusiastic about aviation as the USN and IJN but was unlucky in its timing and unfortunate in that everything it tried to do was opposed by another government department…

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Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

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