No single human invention has changed the nature of war more that the development of the aeroplane. The History of Air Warfare is a highly illustrated and accessible account of the development of aerial warfare, from the first skirmishes over the Western Front in World War I to today's hi-tech netcentric aerial battlespace.
Developing from unpowered observation hot air balloons in the 18th century and even the older kite, aerial warfare has become a multibillion-dollar industry and has led to many advances in technology and techniques such as aerodynamics, propulsion, radar and use of composites and engineered materials such as carbon fibre.
Featuring more than 120 complex computer-generated battle maps and graphics, the History of Air Warfare explores every major air battle to have taken place in the world's skies, as well as documenting the air element of campaigns such as Operation Barbarossa and Operation Desert Storm. Extensively researched text tells the history and the stories behind these battles concisely and clearly.
Malcolm Swanston has been writing and mapping history for over thirty years, working on subjects ranging from Ancient Rome to Vietnam and beyond. With his son Alexander, he has created maps detailing key events in warfare for a wide range of publications, including The Historical Atlas of World War II. Alexander Swanston has been writing and mapping history for a number of years, working on subjects ranging from Ancient Rome to Vietnam and beyond. With his father Malcolm, he has created maps detailing key events in warfare for a wide range of publications, including The Historical Atlas of World War II.
Introduction Early Air Forces: 1914-18 Airships: 1914-18 Fighters: 1914-18 Bombers: 1914-18 Aircraft on the Western Front Aircraft Losses: 1918 Upheaval in Europe: 1920 The Inter-War Years Empire of the Air Birth of the Luftwaffe Spanish Civil War: 1936-39 Japanese War in China: 1937-41 Clippers: Long-Range Transport: 1934-39 European Air Forces Blitzkrieg: Poland 1939 Scandinavia: Finland 1939-40 Scandinavia: Denmark and Norway 1940 Invasion of the West: 1940 The Battle of Britain: July-September 1940 Bombing: Britain and Germany: 1940-41 Maritime Air Patrol: 1940-41 The Mediterranean: 1940-42 The Balkans: The Fall of Crete Barbarossa: June 1941 Pearl Harbor: December 1941 Fall of Southeast Asia: 1942 The Battle of the Coral Sea: 1942 The Battle of Midway:1942 The Caucasus and Southern Russia: 1942 Stalingrad: 1942-43 Guadalcanal: 1943 Operation Cartwheel Bombing Germany: 1942-44 Attacks on Berlin: 1944 North Africa and the Mediterranean: 1942-43 Sicily and Southern Italy The Eastern Front: March 1943 Ukraine and The Crimea Carriers in The Pacific Battle of the Philippine Sea: June 1944 The Island-Hopping Campaign Closing the Gap: Patrolling The Atlantic D-Day: The Assault D-Day: The Aftermath Market Garden and Varsity: 1944-45 Southeast-Asia: 1944-45 China: 1941-45 Operation Bagration Special Operations: 1941-45 The End of the Reich Bombing the Home Islands: 1945 Nuclear War Berlin Airlift Korea: 1950-53 The Cold War: 1950-89 The Cuban Missile Crisis: 1962 South-East Asia: 1959-75 Indochina and Vietnam Arab-Israeli Wars Air-to-Air Tactics The Falklands War: April-June 1982 The Gulf War: 1991 Afghanistan: 2006 Index