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The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare

Chris Bishop

The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare provides a complete guide to the aerial warfare in the 20th century. Beginning even before the outbreak of World War I, the book follows the course of war in the air as the... Read moreRead less

The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare provides a complete guide to the aerial warfare in the 20th century. Beginning even before the outbreak of World War I, the book follows the course of war in the air as the aircraft and tactics develop. The daring deeds of the World War I aces and Richtofen’s Flying Circus are covered, as is the emergence of the heavy bomber such as the German Gotha and British Handley-Page. Next come the sleek biplanes of the inter-war period, flown in colonial wars. The Spanish Civil War and Japanese attack on Manchuria gave the world a glimpse of what air combat would be like in the future – soon demonstrated in full when World War II broke out in 1939, accompanied by the wail of Stuka dive-bombers. The bombing campaigns over Europe and the Pacific are described, culminating in the dropping of the atomic bomb.

After 1945 the jet came into its own, starring over Korea alongside the helicopter. The French and then the Americans became embroiled in Vietnam, with the first large-scale use of surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. In the Middle East, Israel won three victories with much help from her air force. The Soviet Union failed in Afghanistan despite total air superiority, but the Coalition used it to devastating effect in the Gulf War.

From large-scale campaigns to small skirmishes, from wire-braced biplanes to stealth aircraft, The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Air Warfare provides a superb history of aircraft at war in the 20th century, brilliantly complemented by colour photographs and artworks.

Amber Encyclopedias

Format: 305 x 228mm
Extent: 512pp
Word count: 200,000
Illustrations: Over 1,200 black and white and colour photographs and illustrations
ISBN: 9781856056007

Chris Bishop

Chris Bishop worked in publishing for many years and wrote a great number of military history and aviation titles. He died in 2008.

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