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The War in the Air

The First World War saw the birth of air warfare. At the outbreak of the conflict very few foresaw the huge and growing role that aircraft would be playing by the war's end. Reluctantly tolerated by the higher command at best, the early aircraft were at first used purely in an observational capacity. Very quickly however, dogfights developed and the fighter and finally the bomber evolved. Air warfare was a new dimension in conflict and had indisputably arrived. The Naval and Military Press stocks an enviably large range of books on these pioneering days from technical guides to early biplanes. There are also books about balloons and Zeppelins to accounts of the war's great air aces on both sides of the lines. If your interest is in a period of combat still marked by chivalry and heroism, as well as breathtaking technical advances you will find all the books you need in our stock.

The War in the Air



ADVENTURES AND INVENTIONS OF STEWART BLACKER, SOLDIER, AVIATOR, WEAPONS INVENTOR
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ADVENTURES AND INVENTIONS OF STEWART BLACKER, SOLDIER, AVIATOR, WEAPONS INVENTOR
Product Code: 25408

Stewart Blacker led an extraordinary life. The inventor of two war winning weapons, the synchronised machine gun in the Great War, and the PIAT anti-tank gun in World War Two, he was also a pioneer of aviation, surviving several crashes, and was the first man to fly over Mount Everest. This bio...

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DISASTROUS FALL AND TRIUMPHANT RISE OF THE FLEET AIR ARM 
From 1912 to 1945
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DISASTROUS FALL AND TRIUMPHANT RISE OF THE FLEET AIR ARM From 1912 to 1945
Product Code: 25446

A striking critique of the Fleet Air Arm's policy in both world wars written by a former FAA fighter pilot. Author Henry Adlam charts the FAA's milestones, mishaps and mistakes in an entertaining and controversial study.

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FROM COLONIAL WARRIOR TO WESTERN FRONT FLYER
The Five Wars of Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris
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FROM COLONIAL WARRIOR TO WESTERN FRONT FLYER The Five Wars of Sydney Herbert Bywater Harris
Product Code: 25407

Sydney Harris, the subject of this biography, was a natural warrior who crammed five wars and several lifetimes into his single span. Running away from home in humdrum Ilford aged 17 to join the Klondike gold rush, he joined the US army and fought against China's Boxer rebellion and insurrection...

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MY WAR IN THE AIR 1916
Memoirs of a Great War Pilot
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MY WAR IN THE AIR 1916 Memoirs of a Great War Pilot
Product Code: 25436

A fighting flier's record of aerial combat over the western front at the height of the Great War, this exciting memoir is tinged with sadness as the author mourns the loss of so many of his fellow aces.

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Airfields & Airmen of Cambrai
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Airfields & Airmen of Cambrai
Product Code: 21047

Mike O' Connor's excellent series on the airmen and airfields on both sides of the trenches of the Great War continues with this volume on the Cambrai sector.

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ARMY WINGS
A History of Army Air Observation Flying
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ARMY WINGS A History of Army Air Observation Flying
Product Code: 22194

Army personnel who took to the skies to spot and report back on enemy positions were born in the Great War and came into their own in the Second World War. Until now they have been unsung heroes - but this fine book redresses the balance and tells their whole remarkable story.

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DIARY AND LETTERS OF A WORLD WAR I FIGHTER PILOT
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DIARY AND LETTERS OF A WORLD WAR I FIGHTER PILOT
Product Code: 23908

A full account of a RFC pilot in the Great War based on the diaries and letters home of author's grandfather, Guy Mainwaring Knocker. Guy served with 65 Squadron in France from October 1917 to Aoril 1918 and then was an instructor in England after being wounded. His letters home are full of excit...

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DRAGON RAMPANT
The Story of No. 234 Fighter Squadron
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DRAGON RAMPANT The Story of No. 234 Fighter Squadron
Product Code: 22452

A well researched Squadron history covering W.W.I, W.W.2. and the Cold War period.

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OPEN COCKPIT
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OPEN COCKPIT
Product Code: 25526

A classic account of a fighter pilot on the western front, Arthur Gould Lee's memoir is the work of a man who survived 118 patrols, 56 combats, and being shot down three times. Lee retired from the RAF as an Air Vice Marshal in 1946, and his book is a remarkable record of a lucky flier's life.

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War Flying in Macedonia
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War Flying in Macedonia
Product Code: 25088

The third and final volume in Haupt Heydemarck's gripping account of his own adventures as a Great War German aerial observer sees him transferred from the western front to Macedonia. But the dangers and misadventures are as lethal as ever, and the writing remains glowingly fresh. Riveting readin...

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