This book explores the mingling of two rather different perspectives, those of the naval and aeronautical schools of thought, and the impact that they had upon one another in natural, professional and geopolitical settings. To explain the manner in which air power was incorporated into warfare between 1914 and 1945 it studies the deeds of practitioners, the limitations of technology, the realities of combat and the varying institutional dynamics and strategic priorities of the major maritime powers. It is underpinned by an appreciation of the geostrategic setting of the key maritime states, while addressing the challenges of operating in this multifaceted environment and the major technological developments which enabled air power to play an ever greater role in the maritime sphere. The potential for air power to influence warfare in the maritime environment was fully realised during the Second World War and its impact is demonstrated through an analysis of a wide range of the fleet operations and how it was utilised in the defence of trade and sea lanes. As such this book will be of interest to both naval and air power historians and those wanting a fuller perspective on maritime strategy in this period.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; The First World War; The interwar years and their legacy; Air power in maritime environments: some key episodes, 1939-1945; The defence of trade and the sea lanes; Bibliography; Index.
Dr David Gates is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of numerous publications on aspects of the history of war and on contemporary military matters. Among other distinctions, he has been awarded the Royal Air Force’s Salmond Prize in Air Power Studies.
Dr Ben Jones is Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth Business School at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, UK.
"Ultimately, a very readable and thought-provoking volume that I can easily recommend, not only to those with an interest in maritime air power, but also to those who want to understand how aviation has shaped naval power more widely, setting in train much of the basis of the approach that has remained since."
Richard Gearing, Aerospace