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1) When he wrote this, Air Forces were only a ... air corps within their pre-existing armies and navies (eg USAAF).

The RAF was 27 years old (although it had its origins in the Royal Flying Corps of 1912) in 1945, ... years later. Air Power had been awfully significant during WW2 - you would have thought that he would have noticed.

Meanwhile, Hubert Lyautey (1854-1934) who declared "Une langue, c'est un dialecte qui possède une armée, une marine et une aviation." carries on rolling around in his grave and no-one takes any notice.

Maybe he should have written it in another dialect.

Giles

"My dream is that there be a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Iraq." George W. Bush, 24 June 2005