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Cavalry of the Clouds

Cavalry of the Clouds (Hardback)

By Sweetman, John

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Extensively researched and handsomely illustrated with contemporary photographs, Cavalry of the Clouds is an essential reference work for any student of military history.

ISBN 9780752455037
Barcode 9780752455037
Published 1 March 2010 by The History Press Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780752455037
ISBN-10 0752455036
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Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Publication Date 1 March 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Sweetman, John
Category World History: From C 1900 -
World History: First World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 180mm
Height: 260mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 750g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.44
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In 1917, David Lloyd George declared that airmen were 'the cavalry of the clouds - the knighthood of this war.' This romantic image was fostered post-war by writers of adventure stories and the stunts of Hollywood filmmakers, and yet it was far from the harsh reality of life of an airman. From their baptism of fire in 1914 carrying out reconnaissance and experiencing the first dogfights, to the breakthrough in 1918 which claimed heavy casualties, the aerial defenders of Britain were continually tested. In Cavalry of the Clouds John Sweetman describes the development of British air power during the First World War on the Western Front, which culminated in the creation of the first independent air force, the RAF. By making use of the correspondence of airmen and ground staff of all nationalities, he illustrates the impact this new type of conflict had on those involved and their families at home. Extensively researched and handsomely illustrated with contemporary photographs, Cavalry of the Clouds is an essential reference work for any student of military history.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A clear and balanced narrative that makes necessary concessions to World War I novices without alienating their sophisticated brethren. -- Booklist on Tannenberg 1914

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Author's Bio

John Sweetman read Modern History at Brasenose College, Oxford, and went on to complete a PhD on the Crimean War at Kings College, London. He is Hon. Research Fellow at Keele University and former Head of Defence and International Affairs at Sandhurst. He lives in Camberley, Surrey.

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