• The Role of Aircraft

    Wednesday 6 February 2008 by Peter Burness.

    In war there has always been the need to see the enemy behind the hill; reconnaissance became a role of cavalry.  Eventually observation balloons played a part as well.  By the First World War, it was apparent that aircraft, being able to get above and well behind the enemy’s lines, could do it so much better. This work was further enhanced by the development of aerial photography.  Observers in aircraft could also direct artillery …

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