Canadian Airmen and the First World War. in dj


WISE, S.F. Canadian Airmen and the First World War. (Toronto) : "Published by University of Toronto Press in co-operation with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Supply and Services Canada", (1980). First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-xx,(2),[3]-771,(1),+ 114 pages of plates + 6 folding maps. Thick 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

Sydney Francis Wise, C.M., M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.C., OC (b. November , 1924, Toronto - d. March 8, 2007, Otawa).

Volume I of The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

"Organized topically, this volume begins with an overview of military aviation in Canada prior to 1914, as successful aircraft experiments like Baldwin's and McCurdy's Silver Dart are set against Defence Minister Sam Hughes' rejection of any government air policy. Financial timidity and political uncertainty subsequently decreed that the 20,000 Canadians who trained for, or fought in, history's first air war would have no air force of their own but would fly in the British flying services.

"The sections which follow show that Canadians excelled in every aspect of the air war. Indeed, although the First World War never saw an exclusively Canadian squadron in action and no Canadian rose to a command above Group level, Professor Wise has been able to write a full account of the war in the air from the Canadian perspective. Recruitment and training, the maritime air war, the strategic bombing of Germany and the defence of Great Britain, as well as action on the Western Front, in Italy, and in Macedonia, are all covered in depth. Each section reveals the complexity of air operations, as tactics, strategy, and aircraft evolved with astonishing speed. The exploits of remarkable fighter aces such as Billy Bishop, Raymond Collishaw, D.R. MacLaren and W.G. Barker, and of bomber leaders like R.H. Mulock, are set in the context of the air war and the many thousands of Canadians who served with them.

"In his conclusion Wise traces the development of Canadian government air policy to the year 1920, during which time the first Canadian air force was born and quickly died. In analysing this major step in Canada's entry into the air age he lays the foundation for postwar civil expansion and the formation of the RCAF. Illustrated with specially prepared colour and sketch maps and over 200 photographs, many of them published here for the first time [...]." - from the dj.

Of naval interest is Part II: The Admiralty and the Air (pp.121-228) with its four chapters:
5. Origins of Naval Airpower (pp.126-140);
6. 1916: Diffusion and Misdirection (pp.141-167);
7. Alternative Roles, 1917-18 (pp.168-193);
8. Aviation and the Submarine (pp.194-228).

Contents :
Introduction
1. Military Aviation before the First World War.

Part I: Canadian Training and Air Policy.
2. Recruiting and Training in Canada, 1914-16;
3. Sir Sam Hughes, the Aviation Lobby, and Canadian Air Policy. 1914-16;
4. RFC Expansion and the Canadian Air Training Organization.

Part II: The Admiralty and the Air.
5. Origins of Naval Airpower (pp.126-140);
6. 1916: Diffusion and Misdirection (pp.141-167);
7. Alternative Roles, 1917-18 (pp.168-193);
8. Aviation and the Submarine (pp.194-228).

Part III: Strategic Airpower.
9. The Air Defence of Britain;
10. The RNAS and the Birth ot a Bombing Strategy;
11. The Strategic Air Offensive against Germany.

Part IV: Air Power in the Land Battle.
12 Experiments on the Western Front, 1914-15;
13. The Birth of Airpower, 1916;
14. Stalemate on the Western Front, 1917;
15. Italy and Macedonia, 1917-18;
16. The Ludendorff Offensives, 1918;
17. Amiens;
18. Perfecting the Air Weapon.

Conclusion
19. Towards the Establishment of a Canadian Air Force.

Appendices :
A. Canadian Airmen and the British Intervention in Russia, 1918-20;
B Canadians in Other Theatres. 1915-18;
C. Statistical Analysis of Canadians in the British Flying Services.
With notes and index.

Ex library, with stamps. Otherwise very clean and tidy in very good dustjacket 35.00

Title: Canadian Airmen and the First World War. in dj

Author Name: WISE, S.F. Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Volume I.

Categories: 72,

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980,: 1980

ISBN Number: 0802023797

ISBN Number 13: 9780802023797

Seller ID: 82993

Keywords: CANADA MILITARY ANTI-SUBMARINE AVIATION NAVAL SUBMARINES CANADIAN WW1 WWI WAR BRITISH HISTORY,