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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



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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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FLYING SECTION 17
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FLYING SECTION 17
Product Code: 25085

Second volume in a trilogy of German aerial observer Haupt Heydemarck's Great War flying memoirs, based on his own combat reports, and illustrated with the photos he took as part of his duties. Vivid and stimulating.

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DOUBLE DECKER C 666
Product Code: 25086

First of a trilogy of vivid accounts of the Great War ‘from the other side of the clouds' - written by a German aerial observer. Author Haupt Heydemarck writes of the hazards of flying, fighting and navigating with insight and humour, despite his faint chances of survival.

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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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GERMAN AIR FORCE I KNEW 1914-1918
Memoirs of the Imperial German Air Force in the Great War
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GERMAN AIR FORCE I KNEW 1914-1918 Memoirs of the Imperial German Air Force in the Great War
Product Code: 25175

A comprehensive survey of the Imperial German Air Force in the Great War compiled by a aviator who served. First published in 1920 when memories were fresh, Major Neumann's book combines a review of the aircraft, personnel and organisation of the force, along with thrilling first hand accounts of...

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HISTORY OF THE WAR IN THE AIR 1914-1918
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HISTORY OF THE WAR IN THE AIR 1914-1918
Product Code: 25224

The first volume of a classic History of the air war over the trenches by Professor Sir Walter Raleigh. THougfh Raleigh died before his masive work could be completed this book, first published in 1922, brings the dogfights, the men who fought them and the machines they fought in, dramatically a...

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BLUEPRINT FOR VICTORY
Britain’s First World War Blitzkrieg Air Force
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BLUEPRINT FOR VICTORY Britain’s First World War Blitzkrieg Air Force
Product Code: 24145

“Blueprint for Victory: Britain's First World War Blitzkrieg Air Force details the fierce battles as the rival factions fought for control. Many crucial lessons were learned. Little more than twenty years later, they would be applied with ruthless efficiency by the Luftwaffe.This title is well re...

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UNKNOWN WARRIOR
The Search for Australia’s Greatest Ace
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UNKNOWN WARRIOR The Search for Australia’s Greatest Ace
Product Code: 25169

A superb retelling of the astounding career of Australia's greatest Great War air ace. Killed in 1918 aged 22, Captain Alec Little had downed 47 enemy aircraft, and earned a DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar and a French Croix de Guerre. Flying a Sopwith Pup, in one encounter he took on no less than elev...

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COASTAL PATROL
Royal Navy Airship Operations During the Great War 1914-1918
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COASTAL PATROL Royal Navy Airship Operations During the Great War 1914-1918
Product Code: 25144

In the summer of 1915, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was engaged in an unexpected war at sea to prevent German submarines from disrupting the flow of vital supplies to Britain. It was a war that had to be won as by the spring of 1917, the U-boats were close to bringing the British war effort...

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