Jane's ALL THE WORLD'S AIRCRAFT 1945, Collectors' Edition

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595 pages - 1996 - Used, mint condition
This amazing book, a collectors' edition, depicts over 800 aircraft ( photographs and recognition silhouettes ) during the Second World War.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Reprint ( First published in 1994 ), Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition Used, mint condition
Number of pages 595
Published date 1996
Language English
Size 21 x 33 x 5 cm
Author Leonard Bridgman
Editor Harper Collins Publishers

Description

Air power exercised a decisive influence over military operations throughout the Second World War. In 1940 the close integration of their air and land forces enabled the Germans to achieve stunning victories in France and the Low Countries. Four years later, the Allied air forces dominated the skies above Normandy, and " Operation Overlord " succeeded. The German response was handicapped by sustained air attacks on the European rail network. Tactical airstrikes prevented German mechanised forces from exploiting their full mobility, starving them of supplies and destroying their transport columns.

 

Naval warfare came to be even more dominated by air power, and aircraft carriers superseded battleships. At the Battle of the Coral Sea, hostile fleets engaged without the surface forces ever seeing the enemy. At Taranto and Pearl Harbor, naval aircraft demonstrated their ability to destroy a fleet in its base. The tragic fate of H.M.S. Prince of Wales and Repulse exposed the limitations of traditional naval power in this revolutionary era.

 

Before the war, the advocates of strategic bombing claimed that bomber aircraft could win wars on their own. The true impact of strategic bombing campaigns continues to be debated today, but the 1945 / 6 edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft opened the discussion with a comprehensive overview of air operations from 1944 - 5.

 

This edition of the classic Jane's All the World's Aircraft was the first to escape wartime censorship. Publication was delayed until the last possible moment to incorporate the wealth of new information from Germany and Japan. ( ... ) Yet it is much more than an encyclopedia : it is a fascinating snapshot of the aviation world in transition. This is the dawn of the jet age, the end of one era and the beginning of the next.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Leonard Bridgman

Leonard Bridgman ( 1895 - 1980 ) was a British artist and the Editor of Jane's All the World's Aircraft from 1941 to 1959. 


His first assignment in aviation was in 1913 at the age of 18. One of his drawings was used to illustrate the Hendon Air Race program. As payment, he received a flight in a 70 - horsepower Maurice Farman biplane. 


During the First World War, Leonard Bridgman served as an officer in the Honourable Artillery Company. 


He is best remembered within the aviation industry as the journalist who joined C.G. Grey in 1923 on the staff of Jane's All the World's Aircraft after working on the staff at The Aeroplane. Leonard Bridgman also edited a book by the name of Esso Air World from 1939 to 1963. In 1956, in recognition of his contribution to technology, principally his work on Jane's All the World's Aircraft, he was awarded a Paul Tissandier Diploma by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. By that time, he had been associated with flying and publishing for 43 years. 


Leonard Bridgman was also a talented artist and produced many aviation paintings, wash drawings and illustrations. He received commissions for numerous advertisements for British companies and illustrated Oliver Stewart's text for The Clouds Remember, one of the classics of aviation literature. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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