Eyes All Over The Sky

Author: James Streckfuss
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612003680
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After the first successful flight by the Wilbur brothers in 1903, the age of aviation was born, and by 1910 army commanders in the United States and Europe began ordering aircraft and experimenting with them. But at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, no-one could yet possibly know how significant a role they would play in the fighting. Aerial reconnaissance, observation and photography impacted the fighting in many ways, but little has been written about it. Balloons and airplanes regulated artillery fire, infantry liaison aircraft followed attacking troops and the retreats of defenders, aerial photographers aided operational planners and provided the data for perpetually updated maps, and naval airplanes, airships, and balloons acted as aerial sentinels in a complex anti-submarine warfare organization. Reconnaissance crews at the Battles of the Marne and Tannenberg averted disaster. The story told here involves the early American Lafayette Escadrille pilots who were looking for heroic deeds and romantic adventure in aerial combat, as well as the German, British and French aces of popular imagination. But the real value of military aviation lay elsewhere; balloonists, unsung heroes, were an essential part of the observation chain, and forever altered the nature of artillery operations. Observation spotters from planes further enhanced the benefit of being able to extend the target range well out of the line of sight and direct artillery fire, though communicating information was far from easy and systems from weighted message bags through light flashes, smoke signals and wireless messages were tried and honed. Eyes All Over the Sky fully explores all the aspects of aerial reconnaissance, and its previously under-appreciated significance. Also included are the individual experiences of British, American and German airmen; true pioneers of aviation warfare.

Eyes In The Sky

Author: Dino A. Brugioni
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
ISBN: 9781591140825
Size: 13.80 MB
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A CIA expert provides the inside story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's efforts to use spy planes and satellites to gather intelligence, revealing Eisenhower to be a hands-on president who, contrary to popular belief, took an active role in assuring that the latest technology was used to gather aerial intelligence.

To Fool A Glass Eye

Author: Roy M. Stanley
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press
Size: 79.52 MB
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Examines both Allied and Axis camouflage of equipment and buildings during World War II, and the ways military experts were able to identify objects in photographs

Salmson Aircraft Of World War I

Author: Colin Owers
Publisher: Flying Machines Press
ISBN: 9781891268168
Size: 17.44 MB
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The Salmson 2A2 was one of the most important aircraft of the First World War. It was flown extensively by the French and Americans during the war and by many other countries after the war. This book is the first to cover this classic French reconnaissance and observation plane and is packed with more than 200 photos and many little-known details of its design and combat history. The book also features chapters on all other WWI Salmson aircraft before and after the 2A2. It includes 23 all-new color illustrations showing unit and camouflage markings, as well as all-new five-view drawings to standard modelers' scales of 1/48 and 1/72 covering the S.M.1 and Salmsons 3, 4, and 7, in addition to the 2A2.

Shooting The Front

Author: Terrence J. Finnegan
Publisher: Center for Strategic Intelligence Research Joint
Size: 58.72 MB
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What is remarkable about photography's role in the war is photography was already a well established fixture of the modern 19th century society. The aura of aviation's beginnings reflected countless attempts to consolidate known technologies into a reliable and workable framework. It was the aeroplan that became the driving force of aeiral observation in the Great War. It's ability to command the high ground and provide a concise view of the battle area, both tactically and strategically, would enamor both combatants and the public at large to new methods of warfare. Aerial observation quickly became an important resource as the forces maneuvered in the drive towards Paris. This comprehensive resource will interest military history and aviation enthusiasts, as well as persons in the intelligence field and the coordinating illustrations, that include aircraft, cameras, people, aerial photos, and maps varying in scales, enhance the readers' experience

Patton S Eyes In The Sky

Author: Tom Ivie
Publisher: Specialty Press (MN)
ISBN: 9781903223260
Size: 35.44 MB
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9 x 12 208 pgs 5 color & 250 b&w photos 30 color artworks index bibliographyThey were the first on D-Day and the last on VE-Day, flying essential, dare-devil, low-level photographic missions over the invasion beaches of Normandy and then in support of the Allied armies as they fought their way through the Ardennes, across the Rhine and into the Reich itself. The 10th Photo Recon Group flew the F-6 Mustang and the F-5 Lightning and for nocturnal missions, the F-3 Havoc. In its ranks were more Aces than any other such group.The extremely low-level missions flown by the 10th PRG over the Normandy beaches in May 1944 and later over the Seine and Moselle rivers areas became known as "Dicing Missions," from the British expression, dicing with death. Over Normandy's beaches they flew at an average altitude of 25 feet, and always during low tide when the broadest area of the beaches could be seen and the maximum number of German obstacles would be exposed to the camera's eye.

Bloody Paralyser

Author: Rob Langham
Publisher: Fonthill Media
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Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War tells the story of the largest British bombers of the First World War and the men who flew them. In 1915, the biggest plane ever seen in Britain took flight for the first time a twin-engine monster with a 100- foot wingspan, designed to be a Bloody Paralyser to the Germans. Operating mainly at night, the Handley Page bombers attacked Germany and Germanoccupied towns and cities, disrupting the enemy s industry and transport and targeting U-boats that were causing heavy losses to merchant shipping. The men that flew in the Bloody Paralysers were the forerunners of the crews of Bomber Command in the Second World War, and now their story is told in their own words.

Shooting The Front

Author: Terrence Finnegan
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750955104
Size: 38.35 MB
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A meticulously researched history of British, French, and American aerial surveillance on the Western FrontWorld War I marked the beginning of the era of modern warfare, a conflict that demanded revolutionary technology to break the vicious stalemate in which the armies of Europe found themselves. One such technology was aerial reconnaissance and photography, which together with the growing intelligence use of phone tapping and radio intercepts, changed the nature of war forever. Describing the evolution of aerial photography during World War I, this text is packed with data, information, and meticulous research from essential archives including the National Archives in College Park, Maryland and London's National Archives. It shows not only how important aerial reconnaissance was to the war effort, but also how it became the foundation for modern-day exploitation of imagery and geospatial intelligence used to guide today's decision makers on global issues, and shaped intelligence work for generations to come.

Kings Of The Air

Author: Ian Sumner
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783463384
Size: 15.81 MB
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In comparison to their British and German counterparts, the French airmen of the Great War are not well known. Yet their aerial exploits were just as remarkable, and their contribution to the war effort on the Western Front was equally important. That is why Ian Sumner's vivid history of the men of the French air force during the war is of such value. He tells their story using the words of the pioneering pilots and observers themselves, drawn from memoirs, diaries, letters, and contemporary newspapers, magazines and official documents. The recollections of the airmen give an authentic portrait of their role and their wartime careers. They cover recruitment and training, reconnaissance and artillery spotting, aerial combat, ground strafing and bombing, and squadron life. They also highlight the technical and tactical innovations made during those hectic years, as well as revealing the airmen's attitude to the enemy - and their thoughts about the ever-present threat of injury and death.