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Early Naval Air Power

British and German Approaches, 1st Edition

By Dennis Haslop


226 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the British and German approach to naval air power, describing the creation and development of the two naval air service organizations and doctrine.

This work provides new insights as to how two naval air services were influenced by internal and political interventions, and how each was integrated into the organizational structures of the Royal Navy and the Kaiserlichemarine (KM). Both the Admiralty and the KM made substantial alterations to their organizations and doctrine in the process. Principal air doctrines employed are examined chronologically and the application of operational doctrine is described. While they adopted similar air doctrines, there were differences in operational doctrine, which they addressed according to their different requirements. This book is a comparative study about the development of organization and air power doctrine in the RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) and the IGNAS (Imperial German Naval Air Service). It investigates public and political interventions and early concepts of air power, placing into context the factors which contributed to how naval theorists came to think about the best means of controlling its working medium, air space. Ultimately, it examines the similarities, and differences, between the RNAS and IGNAS understanding of naval air power, within the broader strategic and theoretical framework of their parent organizations.

This book will be of great interest to students of air power, naval power, military history, strategic studies and IR in general.


'This is a unique and well-researched book for understanding the development of early naval aviation and the emerging role of naval air power as seen through the creation and evolution of the organization and doctrine of the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) and the Imperial German Naval Air Service (IGNAS).'--Keith Bird, Global Martitime History

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The dawn of the era of flight and the formation of the RFC/RNAS, from its inception until the end of 1915.

Chapter 2: The dawn of the era of flight and the formation of the imperial German Naval Air Service, from its inception until the end of 1915.

Chapter 3: RNAS development and the challenges from within and without, leading to the formation of the RAF, 1916-1918.

Chapter 4: IGNAS development and the challenges from within, 1916-1918.

Chapter 5: Conclusion.

About the Author

Dennis Haslop holds a PhD in Defence Studies from King's College, London and a PhD in Maritime History from the University of Exeter. He is also the author of Britain, Germany and the Battle of the Atlantic (2013).

About the Series

Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series

Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series
The Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series is the publishing platform of the Corbett Centre. Drawing on the expertise and wider networks of the Defence Studies Department of King's College London, and based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the UK Defence Academy, the Corbett Centre is already a leading centre for academic expertise and education in maritime and naval studies. It enjoys close links with several other institutions, both academic and governmental, that have an interest in maritime matters, including the Developments, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), the Naval Staff of the Ministry of Defence and the Naval Historical Branch. The centre and its publishing output aims to promote the understanding and analysis of maritime history and policy and to provide a forum for the interaction of academics, policy-makers and practitioners. Books published under the eagis of the Corbett Centre series reflect these aims and provide an opportunity to stimulate research and debate into a broad range of maritime related themes. The core subject matter for the series is maritime strategy and policy, conceived broadly to include theory, history and practice, military and civil, historical and contemporary, British and international aspects. As a result this series offers a unique opportunity to examine key issues such as maritime security, the future of naval power, and the commercial uses of the sea, from an exceptionally broad chronological, geographical and thematic range. Truly interdisciplinary in its approach, the series welcomes books from across the humanities, social sciences and professional worlds, providing an unrivalled opportunity for authors and readers to enhance the national and international visibility of maritime affairs, and provide a forum for policy debate and analysis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / World War I
HISTORY / Military / Aviation
HISTORY / Military / Naval
HISTORY / Maritime History & Piracy