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Air and Sea Power in World War I: Combat and Experience in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy (International Library of War Studies) by [Philpott, Maryam]
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Maryam Philpott turns her insightful historical gaze to the live experiences of men in the navy and air force. It is a compelling read.

Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

This is an important and original contribution to our understanding of the First World War. It uses the first-hand experience of those who fought in the Royal Navy and the Air Services to examine key issues of moral and motivation, and highlights the way that this experience often differed sharply from that of the army, which has hitherto attracted the lion's share of the scholarly effort. --Professor Richard Holmes CBE

"Maryam Philpott has produced a stimulating book which suggests many lines for further research...Philpott is to be commended for [two] major achievements with this work..she has displayed a mastery of a broad range of complex supporting literature" - --Jonathan Boff, The Mariner's Mirror

About the Author

Maryam Philpott has a degree in History and Education and an MPhil from Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis at Birkbeck College, University of London examined the experience of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy in the Great War. Maryam currently works at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; 1 edition (30 May 2013)
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  • Language: English
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This book was originally a doctoral thesis. I like to think that Maryam Philpott had a moment of panic when Joanna Bourke said she would get it published. if she did. She must have known that whilst it was good enough to get past her tutor (Ms Bourke), it would not stand up to serious scrutiny by someone who knew something about the subject.
The first part of the title is redundant. The book is based on the idea that too much attention has been focussed on the experiences of soldiers and aims to correct the balance by examining issues of morale and motivation in the RFC and the Royal Navy. This idea may have come from the late Richard Holmes for whom Ms Philpott worked as a researcher. It also covers training, technology, the home front and the aftermath of war. To the extent that the RFC was a new, minor corps of the army and the Navy was the oldest and largest service, it might have been more interesting to use the experience of the submarine service as an example.
Unfortunately there are a number of serious historical and research errors that suggest that this book was not edited (very likely) or that the author has only superficial knowledge of the subject. So, as some examples, Richtofen was not a General, Marder was not an Official Historian, ‘rounds’ is not a euphemism for ‘bullets’, Billy Bishop’s Memoir was not written in 1975 and anyway should not be quoted by a serious historian, and by August 1918, far from being ‘untroubled by the enemy’, British pilots were about to suffer their worst losses of the war in Black September. Roland Garros did not invent the interrupter gear, nor did anyone else adopt his system. There were no fully armoured planes in 1915. Bombs were not first used on the Western Front in 1917. The Royal Navy did not ‘scuttle’ U-boats.
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The author clearly knows her stuff and spent time researching the material around this subject, which has not been done before. A highly recomended read.

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