5 Minute History – First World War in the Air
War is often the catalyst for technological progress and the first world war saw a dramatic increase in aviation. At the start of the war aircraft could barely make it over the English Channel. By its end machines were flying that would soon be able to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
The air war is known through the Red Baron, Mick Mannock and pilots dog-fighting over the trenches, but there was much more to this and I hope the book reflects some of that. The development of aerial reconnaissance was perhaps the most militarily useful aspect.
This book was part of a series and focused on one part of the conflict. I was commissioned to do this and although relatively short in length, it was an interesting project to work on.
The format was already outlined but, as with other books, with so much material available, it wasn’t easy to know what to leave in or edit out.