London: Taurus Academic Studies, (2009),
First Edition. octavo, black boards in pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 288pp. Taurus Academic Studies, Item #23079
Air power has come to be seen as a country’s first line of defense; in the First World War views were vastly different. Aircraft were a novelty not always welcomed by the traditionalist military, and there were no tactics, doctrine or strategies available for the deployment of air power. Yet, within four years, proponents of the new force were making claims, often extravagant, of what aircraft could achieve. Grattan traces the remarkable history of the emergence of air power as a force to reckon with, and its dramatic impact on military strategy. He discusses the details of aircrafts, their engines and manufacture--including the Fokker, Bristol Fighter, the Zeppelin and the DH2--the weaponry and prominent figures, such as Albert Ball and Werner Voss. As new.