World War One/Two/Aviation/ RAF/Military/interest
Naval Aviation in the First World War
PUBLISHED ; CAXTON
This superbly-researched book gives a complete overview of all aspects of naval aviation in the First World War; its significant influence on operations and strategy, which has never before been properly explained, is detailed by R D Layman in this far-reaching survey.
Furthermore, Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service, sponsored by the pro-aviation First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, pioneered many aspects of aerial warfare, including strategic bombing, anti-submarine warfare and the development of long-range aircraft, and the development of ships to carry aircraft, from the seaplane carriers of 1914 to HMS Argus, the first flat-top aircraft carrier.
And finally this book lays to rest the myth of the `Battleship Admirals’, whose conservatism and dislike of aircraft were said to have prevented naval aviation achieving its full potential. On the contrary, the naval high commands on all sides were very keen to exploit the possibilities offered by aviation, and indeed made demands of their fledgling naval air arms that were beyond the capabilities of the available technology.
New light is shed on little-known aspects of the naval war in the air, including the operations of the Imperial Russian Navy’s seaplane-carrier squadron in the Black Sea, the world’s first `carrier strike force’, the Royal Navy’s use of observation balloons tethered to ships, and the vital role played by aviation in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.
This unparalleled history details the origins of the forces that were later to dominate naval warfare, and shows that in spite of the state of aeronautical technology at the time, they were able to exert real influence on the war at sea.
INTERIOR CLEAN AND UNMARKED
CONDITION; VERY GOOD