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1st Edition

The Development of British Naval Aviation, 1914–1918

ISBN 9780367650131
Published June 9, 2021 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) revolutionized warfare at sea, on land, and in the air. This little-known naval aviation organization introduced and operationalized aircraft carrier strike, aerial anti-submarine warfare, strategic bombing, and the air defence of the British Isles more than 20 years before the outbreak of the Second World War. Traditionally marginalized in a literature dominated by the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force, the RNAS and its innovative practitioners, nevertheless, shaped the fundamentals of air power and contributed significantly to the Allied victory in the First World War. The Development of British Naval Aviation utilizes archival documents and newly published research to resurrect the legacy of the RNAS and demonstrate its central role in Britain’s war effort.

Table of Contents


1. Fleet Naval Aviation

2. Anti-Submarine Warfare

3. Long-Range Bombing

4. Naval Air Defence


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Alexander Howlett completed his PhD with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London in 2019.