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Mexicans At War

Mexican Military Aviation in the Second World War 1941-1945

Mexicans At War : Mexican Military Aviation in the Second World War 1941-1945

Series : Latin America@War #9

Author : Santiago A Flores

Paperback Helion & Company 297mm x 210mm 232 pages 270 b/w ills photos/ills, 16 colour profiles, 3 colour maps, 15 colour photos/ills

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This book introduces the reader to an unknown Ally of the Second World War. Few people remember that Mexico, like Brazil, took an active part in that conflict. This volume covers Mexican participation in the Second World War for the first time using photos, documents and testimony from official and personal archives. Mexican nationals or those of Mexican descent were already volunteering for the Allied air forces of the British Commonwealth and the Free French naval and air forces While the Mexican Republic first had to defend both its coasts and its shipping from enemy submarines, using its obsolete general purpose biplanes, following the sinking of Mexican ships by German u-boats the first North American Texan armed trainers entered service in the Gulf of Mexico, earning the title of the ‘Mexican Dive Bomber’. Due to the necessities of the war, the service had to reorganize its aviation assets to be able to receive a larger number of American-built lease aircraft, which started the modernization and reorganization process that is felt even today. The war affected all aspect of Mexican military aviation from tactical units, to training, to logistics and military doctrine. This also led to the establishment of Mexican Naval Aviation which led, in turn, to the creation of its first naval squadron to patrol the Gulf of Mexico. One aspect that the war affected was the training of the new generation of military personnel, some of whom would later see action before the end of the war. As Mexico was securing its coasts and sending aviation personnel to train in the USA, it would later field its fighter squadron to participate in the liberation of the Philippine islands. By the end of the war the Mexican Air Force had experienced its most rapid growth since it was officially established back in February 1915. The text is fully supported by numerous previously unpublished photographs and colour profiles showing camouflage and markings. "A unique book on an important and unsung element of World War II history." Scale Aviation Modelling International

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781912390069
Date of Publication
October 2018
Binding
Paperback
Book Size
297mm x 210mm
Pages
232 pages
Images
270 b/w ills photos/ills, 16 colour profiles, 3 colour maps, 15 colour photos/ills
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL0898
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