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This book is a history of the development of air fighting in all its aspects between April and November 1918. It begins with a summary of events in 1917, assessing the respective Allied and German positions.


Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Dust jacket
Condition Very Good
Number of pages 160
Published date 1998
Languages English
Size 19 x 25 x 2 cm
Author Robert Jackson
Editor Airlife Publishing Ltd


The final year of the bloodiest conflict that the world has ever witnessed was also a period when the tactics of air warfare evolved into a new dimension — one that made it a primary military consideration. This book is a history of the development of air fighting in all its aspects between April and November 1918. It begins with a summary of events in 1917, assessing the respective Allied and German positions in terms of air strength and capability. 


It moves then to the role of Allied air power in breaking the Ludendorff Offensives and examines the capabilities of the German Schlachtflieger, the ground-attack squadrons which were the forerunners of the infamous Stukas of World War II. The air-raids over southern England by German Gotha bombers and Zeppelins are reported and demonstrate how the prototype British air-defence system was formulated — a system that was later to be perfected by Dowding in the Battle of Britain. The contributions made by the American Air Service are dealt with in depth, as is the effective French tactical and strategic bombing force. It was the British who took the lead in strategic bombing, flying as an independent Brigade operating independently of army control and interference. 


In fact, it was the ancestor of Bomber Command. In 1918 the development of new combat aircraft took place on an unprecedented scale, but even at this late stage the German aircraft were more advanced than the Allied types in service. Although the main thrust of this book concerns Flanders, air combat over the North Sea and the introduction of the first aircraft carriers are included.

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson ( December 29th, 1941 ) was born in Melsonby ( North Yorkshire, England ). He was educated at Richmond School ( Yorkshire, England ). 

He then served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ( R.A.F.V.R. ) as a pilot and navigation instructor, and held the rank of Squadron Leader. Following his retirement from the R.A.F.V.R. in 1977, he became a full - time aviation writer and aerospace correspondent and lectured extensively on strategic issues, and was the Defense Correspondent for North of England Newspapers

He speaks five languages, including Russian. As an expert in military history, Robert Jackson is the author of more than 60 books on aviation and military subjects, including operational histories on famous aircraft. 

His works include the following titles : Dunkirk : The British Evacuation, 1940 ( 1976 ), Squadron Scramble ( 1979 ), Mosquito Squadron ( 1982 ), Introduction to International Relations : Theories and Approaches ( with Georg Sørensen, 1999 ), The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft ( 2002 ), The Romanov Mission ( 2016 ). 

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