By John Buckley
This is often a great, considerate, and thorough precis of the background of air energy. Prof. Buckley artfully and succinctly weaves the nationwide options, technological, and aeronautical services of the most important air energy international locations (and their respective and sometimes competing air companies) right into a coherent tale of the development of air conflict from balloons to abandon hurricane, puncturing a few conventionally-accepted myths alongside the way in which. this isn't a treatise on undefined, yet at the frequently conflicting expectancies and features of air energy over 50 years of contemporary struggle.
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However, attitudes to air power varied. Some were far sighted and sanguine such as Frederick Lanchester, whilst others, Douglas Haig included, saw little prospect of aircraft being of any value in the war, though contrary to popular belief he was later to change his opinion. The majority however, recognized that aircraft, especially in the field of reconnaissance, would be of some value. Certainly, on the outbreak of war Britain lagged some way behind both France and Germany in air power development.
Military contracts were small and only 130,000 marks were allocated to aeroplane procurement in 1910. The situation was not aided by the lack of a civilian market for aircraft. By April 1914 the army still only had ten airships though improvements in performance had led to high expectations of the Zeppelin. General 33 AIR POWER IN THE AGE OF TOTAL WAR Moltke and others were even considering knockout bombing blows akin to those later envisaged in the inter-war era. However, the reality of the pre-World War I period was somewhat different as Zeppelins were prone to handling difficulties in anything other than good weather conditions.
Montgolfier of Paris had been published. 5 23 AIR POWER IN THE AGE OF TOTAL WAR The military application of such technology soon followed in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. 6 Importantly, considering the future heavy demands of air power on skills and technical training within a society, the Compagnie d’Aerostiers required a very high proportion of skilled tradesmen. However, the arm had limited success and many practical problems remained. 7 Nevertheless, the military application of an air arm for observation purposes had been established.
AIR POWER IN THE AGE OF TOTAL WAR (Warfare and History) by John Buckley