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Fall of Eagles : The Evolution of Air Warfare in World War One
The Great War of 1914-1918 saw the rapid development of the aeroplane as a weapon of war. Initially its role was seen as that of reconnaissance, an extension of the cavalry, but as the war stagnated into static trench warfare, with each side facing each other across No-Man's-Land, the use of artillery, both in shelling enemy positions and counter-shelling his artillery, also became of prime importance. With the early development of radio communication between ground and air, aeroplanes also undertook the task of 'spotting' for the artillery, and it soon became apparent that these aeroplanes - both the reconnaissance machines and those working for the artillery - could not be allowed to work unmolested, and fast fighter aeroplanes - both single and two seat - began to make their appearance over the Western Front./Technical development was rapid. The mostly unarmed reconnaissance aeroplanes, and the early fighters of 1915 and 1916, armed with a single machine gun, had given way to fighters carrying two guns, flying at altitudes of over 16,000 feet and at treble the speed of the predecessors of 1914./With
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Casemate Publishers & Book Distributors, LLC
August 19, 2011
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