War in the Air 1914-1945 (Smithsonian History of Warfare Series)by Williamson Murray
Pub. Date: 08/23/2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Almost as soon as airplanes were invented, military strategists realized their potential: only 10 years after the first flight, planes had become weapons of war. In the First World War planes served as scouts, fighters, and bombersand by World War II all the advanced states had large military air forces dedicated to bombardment. There was even a belief that land forces would become obsolete. Starting with the less-than-perfect aircraft that flew over Europe in 1915, which caused countless deaths, see how technology developed between the wars; the early campaigns of WWII; air battles on the Eastern front; the defeat of the Luftwaffe; and sky combat in the Pacific. Of particular importance: the raids over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where planes achieved total dominance, heralding a new era of warfare.
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