Air and Sea Power in World War I: Combat and Experience in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy

Air and Sea Power in World War I: Combat and Experience in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy

By: Maryam Philpott (author)Hardback

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The Great War tore the fabric of Europe apart, killing over 35 million men and challenging the notion of heroism in war, Air and Sea Power in World War I focuses on the experience of World War I from the perspective of British pilots and sailors themselves, to demonstrate that the army-centric view of war studies has been too limited. The Royal Flying Corps, created in 1912, adapted quickly to the needs of modern warfare, driven by the enthusiasm of its men. In contrast, the lack of modernisation in the Royal Navy, despite the unveiling of HMS Dreadnought in 1906, undermined Britain's dominance of the seas. By considering five key aspects of the war experience, this book analyses how motivation was created and sustained. What training did men receive and how effectively did this prepare them for roles that were predominantly non-combative? How was motivation affected by their individual relationship with weaponry development, and how different was defensive service on the Home Front, when in close proximity to ordinary civilian life? Finally, Air and Sea Power in World War I looks at the changing reputation of the services during and after the conflict, and the extent to which these notions were created by the memoirs of pilots and sailors. Featuring new primary source material, including the journals of service men themselves, this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of World War I and of Naval, Aviation and Military History.

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Maryam Philpott has a degree in History and Education and an MPhil from Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis at Birkbeck College, University of London examined the experience of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy in the Great War. Maryam currently works at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College, London.


Introduction The Royal Flying Corps The Royal Navy Historiography Chapter 1: Training Royal Flying Corps Training Effectiveness of the RFC Training Programme Royal Navy Training Effectiveness of the Naval Training Programme Chapter 2: Non-Combat & Service Motivation Courage Coping with Action: Killing Coping with Action: Death Threats to Motivation: Poor Leadership Threats to Motivation: Boredom and Discomfort Threats to Motivation: Lack of Moral Fibre Encouraging Motivation: Pride in Service Encouraging Motivation: Manliness Encouraging Motivation: Comradeship Encouraging Motivation: Leisure Encouraging Motivation: Personal Control Chapter 3: Technology History of Technology The Royal Flying Corps: The Aircraft Industry The Effect of Technological Invention: Aerial Views The Effect of Technological Invention: Physical Protection Pilot Led Innovation: Arming the Aeroplane Pilot Led Innovation: Aerial Bombardment The Royal Navy Preparing a Base Civilian Scientists and National Defence Submarines Anti-Submarine Developments Chapter 4: Home Front The Threat Life on the Home Front: 1914-1915 Combat on the Home Front: The RNAS 1914-1915 Combat Preparations: Not Fighting the Zeppelin 1914-1915 Combat on the Home Front: Fighting the Zeppelin 1914-1915 Life on the Home Front: 1916-1918 Combat on the Home Front: Not Fighting the Zeppelin 1916 Combat on the Home Front: Aeroplane Raids 1917-1918 Servicemen: View of the Raids Chapter 5: Representations of War RAF: The Establishment of a Peacetime Service Public Affection Heroism and Pilots Creating the Myth The Navy Political and Economic Consequences of the Naval War Naval Inertia and Lost Faith Conclusion The Contribution of the RFC and Navy to Great War Studies Endnotes

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781780761510
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781780761510
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 1780761511

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