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Old 31 March 2004, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just picked up this 1990s offering from Nicholas Watkins. Much to be said for it, especially the descriptions of aerial recon's evolution in the RFC and RNAS. Just enough tech data on cameras and photo interpreters to scratch the itch for that much-overlooked aspect of the air war. The bulk of the book is a variety of overhead & oblique views of several W. Front battlefields, accomplanied by erudite summaries of the events.
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Thanks for your recommendation. I just ordered it from Amazon.com. I've become more and more interested in reconnaissance aircraft, this should be an awesome addition.

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You'll find the book worth more than the collection of pix. There's a short course in photo interpretation which is helpful in looking at Great War (and other) pix. Sun angle, shadows, etc, are cogently explained with useful tips: turn the image so the shadows fall toward you for a better perspective, etc. Just the sorta stuff I'd expect from Boom, the ex Vigilante driver who periodically patronizes these pages...
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Picked up a copy of this one online last year. It does make you appreciate the challange photo-intelligence types had in gleaning information from their sources- it certainly wasn't the pack of cigarettes from 100 miles, etc.
Not enough of this type of book- a huge gap in the literature of WW1 aviation.
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The instructions on HOW to VIEW the photos will be well appreciated. It will still be applicable for today; when viewing photos of moon or planet topography you can get a real different understanding of the terrain as you change your point of view. I hope I can incorporate some of this info when I teach a class on planetary exploration next year. (Gotta sneak the WW1 info in wherever I can, hee hee)

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Aha! It has arrived!
Used book, good condition, through Amazon's connections, and not expensive either.

I was surprised by the quality of the aerial view of an artillery attack on a British camp during the Boer war. Spectacular for it's time!

This book has amazing detail in it. Thanks Barrett, for the recommendation.

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You're muchly welcome. Meanwhile, I'm eagerly awaiting Tony's WW I Flying Guns even as I type...
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