Photo: Unknown photographer
During the Second World War British armed forces suffered a long string of catastrophic military defeats in Norway,Belgium,France,Greece,Hong Kong,Singapore and other places.
A significant factor in all of those defeats was a lack of tactical air power.
Tactical air power on land and sea had been starved of resources to fund a strategic bomber force.
Photo: Unknown Royal Air Force official photographer.
One Lancaster bomber cost as much as five Spitfire fighters.
The military resources lost to Allied forces as a result of the lack of tactical air power were many times greater than the resources lost to the Axis forces as a result of the strategic bombing campaign.
This was illustrated by one of the most important documents of the Second World War which was written by David Miles Bensusan-Butt and known as "The Butt Report".
Many years ago we wished to give our readers an opportunity to read this important report but were unable to find an online copy.
Someone has now solved that problem.
His name is William Thomas and he is the author of the Ether Wave Propaganda blog.
He has transcribed the report and published his transcription online in this blog post.
His transcription can be read here:
The Butt Report 1941.