The First Air War, 1914-1918

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Because of its recent invention, the aeroplane captured the imagination of both soldiers and civilians during World War I, and the psychological effect of the new weapon often outweighed its actual capabilities. This book recounts the history of the air war on the east and west fronts, the Middle East and Africa. Using official records, diaries, correspondence, memoirs and oral transcripts as well as established secondary sources, the book shows how the aircraft and the role they played in the war evolved between 1914 and 1918.

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Lee Kennett (1931-2011) was Professor of History at the University of Georgia. Among his many books are "For the Duration . . .: The United States Goes to War", "Pearl Harbor"-"1942", "A History of Strategic Bombing", and "Marching through Georgia" "The Story of Soldiers and Civilians during Sherman's Campaign."

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The much-covered field of World War I in the air gains an extensively researched re-evaluation in this work by Kennett, research professor at the University of Georgia and author of seven books, including G.I.: The American Soldier in World War II (Warner, 1989). Choosing not to dwell on the desperate air-to-air combats of a few American, British, and German aces--exciting though they were, their importance was overemphasized by the media of the day and subsequent historians--he views the war in the air as a whole, reminding us that the primary purpose of air power in World War I was reconnaissance and intelligence. He provides fresh information and thoughts in many areas, including valuable chapters on the recruitment, training, and daily lives of the participants. Students of this period's air warfare should read Kennett's book first, then go on to more detailed works. Essential for all World War I collections.
- Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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