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The French Air Service War Chronology
| Total Clicks: 1930 | Report Broken Link |
Day-To-Day Claims and Losses by French Fighter, Bomber, and Two-Seat Pilots on the Western Front
by Frank W. Bailey, Christophe Cony
Hardcover: 320 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.22 x 10.06 x 7.14
Publisher: Grub Street the Basement; (April 29, 2002)
ISBN: 1902304349
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French Strategic and Tactical Bombardment Forces of World War I
| Total Clicks: 1062 | Report Broken Link |
by Steven Suddaby
Paperback: 504 pages
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Inc. (August 28, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 081085662X

"French Strategic and Tactical Bombardment Forces of World War I is a translation of René Martel's classic L'Aviation Francaise de Bombardement (Des Origines au 11 Novembre 1918), published in Paris in 1939. Martel's history is by far the most important description of World War I French bombing published in any language. This story of French bombardment—during the brief period when France was the world's greatest air power—is virtually unknown in the English-speaking world. France not only supplied aircraft to virtually every Allied power in the war, but by the end of the war her air force routinely conducted raids consisting of 100 to 150 bombers against German troop concentrations. These massive raids occurred at a time when the British and Americans had difficulty mustering as many as three-dozen bombers to send against one target. The pioneering French efforts in technology and tactics—many of which preceded the better-known British and American efforts—are covered, as well as the development of aerial bombs, bomb-dropping mechanisms, bombsights, intelligence-based targeting packages, formation flying, night flying and navigation, long range fighter escorts, and aerial photography for bomb damage assessment. A keen observer of personalities, Professor Martel describes with great feeling the pioneers who created this new brand of warfare: Happe, de Goÿs, the Féquant brothers, de Kérillis, Laurens, and Bouchet. Also included is his analysis of the successful German propaganda response to French strategic bombing, which is particularly insightful. Allen Suddaby's careful translation of this long out-of-print work is enhanced by his son Steven's recent scholarship on Great War bombing campaigns. The original 1939 text is supplemented with the results of 65 years of research since then and benefits from the knowledge of several experts in the field who were consulted in the course of preparing this edition."
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Germany's First Air Force 1914-1918
| Total Clicks: 1304 | Report Broken Link |
by Peter Kilduff
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl (July, 1991)
Language: English
ISBN: 0879385545
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Hat in the Ring
| Total Clicks: 1305 | Report Broken Link |
The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War
by Bert Frandsen
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books (October, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN: 158834150X
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Hostile Skies
| Total Clicks: 1214 | Report Broken Link |
A Combat History of the American Air Service in World War I
by James J. Hudson
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Syracuse University Press (January, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN: 0815604653
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Igor Sikorsky: The Russian Years
| Total Clicks: 562 | Report Broken Link |
by K. N. Finne
Hardcover: 223 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr; 1st edition (November 1987)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0874742749
ISBN-13: 978-0874742749
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Imperial Russian Air Service
| Total Clicks: 1556 | Report Broken Link |
Famous Pilots and Aircraft of World War I
by Alex Durkota
Hardcover: 564 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.80 x 12.24 x 9.24
Publisher: Flying Machines Press; (January 1995)
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Independent Force
| Total Clicks: 1360 | Report Broken Link |
The War Diary of the Daylight Bomber Squadrons of the Independent Air Force, 6 June to 11 November 1918
by Keith Rennies
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Grub Street (February, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN: 190230490X
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The Insignia, Uniforms & Equipment of the U. S. Army Balloon Corps: 1917-1922
| Total Clicks: 633 | Report Broken Link |
by Richard E DesChenes
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Richard DesChenes; 2 edition (September 5, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615188389
ISBN-13: 978-0615188386
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

During WWI, the advantage on the battlefield was dictated by the information gathered by the observers in the hydrogen filled balloons of the Balloon Section of the U.S. Army Air Service: they were the forward air controllers of the day. The Balloon Section, or Balloon Corps, was one of the smallest groups on the battlefield during the war, and one that has been least reported about in history. My book is not about the activities of the Balloon Corps as a whole, but a descriptive compilation of the insignias, uniforms, and equipment, along with a general organizational history: which is generally mentioned in passing by most WWI aviation historians. There were only 285 rated balloon pilots in WWI, as compared to the more than 35,000 aeroplane pilots, which makes research on balloon pilots extremely difficult. My book contains hundreds of photos and descriptions that include: unique unit shoulder patches, wing badges, uniforms, Balloon Corps activities and related ephemera. There is an extensive reference bibliography; balloon company information; a short history of the Balloon Corps; a section on conservation; and notes about copies, fantasy pieces and fakes. To date, it is the most comprehensive collection of information on the WWI U.S. Army Balloon Corps between two covers.
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Italian Military Aviation In World War I 1914-1918
| Total Clicks: 890 | Report Broken Link |
by Alexis Mehtidis
Paperback: 68 pages
Publisher: Tiger Lily Publications LLC (October 30, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0972029613
ISBN-13: 978-0972029612
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
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