By Derek Robinson
It's a vintage Derek Robinson tale: 3 teams of fellows converge for a last conflict within the western wilderness in the course of international conflict II. An SAS patrol travels in the course of the Sahara to assault a German airbase; a German intelligence officer units out to settle a private grudge; and the boys from Hornet Squadron (from Robinson's past Piece of Cake) are overhead, devoted to suicidal ground-attack missions to meet their commander. Fast-talking, darkly funny, and stinging.
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Not that modern industry was confined to Greater London. Nor should we distinguish old and new too clearly. A great example was a famous Manchester firm, the Metropolitan-Vickers company, one of the main electrical-equipment makers (which was controlled by US interests). It made heavy equipment mainly, from gigantic steam turbines to generating sets, electric motors of many sorts, and all the paraphernalia of electricity supply from transformers to rectifiers. It also made electronic equipment, including radar transmission gear.
29 In the 1930s the main suppliers of wheat were Canada, Australia, Argentina and Europe. Roughly half Britain’s meat came from overseas. Beef and lamb came from the River Plate and Australasia; bacon (and eggs) came almost exclusively from continental Europe. The British were the great meat-eaters of Europe, eating 30 per cent more meat per capita than Germans. The kind of meat they ate was very different too. 30 If, as many believed, having a small domestic agricultural sector was an index of modernity, then Britain was easily the most modern large nation in the world.
This difference in journey time was significant in that it put the Empire suppliers at a distinct disadvantage in the case of beef. While all lamb was frozen and was thus very long-lived, chilled beef, far superior to frozen, could not survive the long journey from Australasia. In South America low-quality animals were labelled ‘freezers’ and ‘continentals’, indicating their fate and destination. British companies and the British government invested a great deal of research effort into refrigeration in order to imperialize beef supply.
A Good Clean Fight (RAF Quartet, Book 2) by Derek Robinson