Dambusters by Clive Rowley

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This was a complex area to fathom as it involves many legal issues that in a balanced treatment need to be explored in some detail. Chris did what any Oxford history graduate would do and applied himself diligently to the subject. My wife Jo also continues to be my inspiration, interrogator, editor and supporter. Her encouragement and belief is the mainstay of my efforts. This book, as ever, is dedicated to her and my three sons with a huge amount of love and affection. Dr Dave Sloggett Ryde, Isle of Wight July 2013 Terminology Anyone involved in the field of unmanned aircraft knows that there is a great deal of debate surrounding the nomenclature associated with the various forms such platforms can take.

Throughout the trip Kashmiri and his colleagues obeyed the now well-established rules about the use of mobile phones. As the crow flies, the journey from Mir Ali to Laman was close to 90 kilometres. In practice of course the actual route had to follow the limited roads that provide a reasonably safe route to cross the imaginary border into South Waziristan. Taking any other route would have invited trouble as a Toyota Land Cruiser is not a standard sight in the high mountains that bestride the border with Afghanistan.

In those early days one of the main focal points for the defence of the United Kingdom was in the north, where long-range Russian bombers or naval vessels could launch pre-emptive attacks against airfields. I was to take many lessons away from my early years at Farnborough into a career that has now spanned over forty years. More recently it has seen me making visits to Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Indian Ocean and West Africa. The threat to the United Kingdom is now more diffuse; its magnetic polarity less certain than during the Cold War.

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