By Neville Jones
Utilizing legitimate documents, the writer lines the origins and early improvement of strategic bombing, and examines its organs within the operations and employees making plans of the 1st global battle. The studies of the 1st international conflict must have been a priceless legacy to people who devised the counter offensive approach within the years among the battle. regrettably the teachings learnt have been quickly forgotten and plenty of of the operational and technical difficulties which the planners had all started to take on in 1918 weren't even visible to exist via the Air employees throughout the Nineteen Twenties and early Nineteen Thirties.
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There was no co-ordination between the ground and air defences, and so the fighters, usually operating singly or in small groups, were compelled to search a wide area in their efforts to intercept the bombers. In this type of action they operated at a great disadvantage, since their performance was only marginally better than that of the two-seater day bombers. And even if they did succeed in making contact with the raiders, they were likely to be outgunned by the bombers flying in formation. The night bombers of the force had little to fear either from gunfire or from fighters and flew as high or as low as was operationally desirable, usually between 2,500 and 8,000 feet.
This approach was quite different from that adopted by the planners in the inter-war years, when aircraft were often built without any consideration of the targets they would have to reach or of the bombs they would be required to carry. Lord Tiverton was very conscious of the fact that little was known of the nature of the damage caused by bombs of different types and sizes, and he pointed out that since no experiments had ever been carried out to discover these facts, a start could be made by establishing the nature of the damage that had been caused by the various types of German bombs dropped on London.
A comprehensive programme of trials 4 The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power and experiments was begun in 1912, and this included the firing of machine-guns mounted on aircraft and the dropping of bombs from the air; and when war came two years later the Naval Air Service had already adopted a standard bomb-dropping gear and had issued a simple hand-held bombsight to the squadrons. 6 On the outbreak of war, all four military squadrons quickly joined the British Expeditionary Force in France, and although air defence was the responsibility of the War Office, not a single operational unit was left in Britain for this purpose.
The Beginnings of Strategic Air Power. A History of the British Bomber Force 1923-1939 by Neville Jones