Air Power And The Arab World 1909-1955 Volume 2
Arab Side Shows, 1914-1918
Series : Middle East@War #26
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General - Pages : 88 | Images : 143 b/w photos, 20 colour profiles, 3 colour photos, 3 b/w & 1 colour maps
Paperback - Date of Publication : July 2020 | Size : 291mm x 210mm | ISBN : 9781913118761 | Helion Book Code : HEL1203
At a time when multiple wars are raging across much of the Middle East, it is almost forgotten that it was Abu al-Qasim Abbas ibn Firnas ibn Wirdas at-Takurni – an Andalusian inventor, physician and engineer – who was the first person to undertake experiments in flying with any degree of success. That was back in the 9th Century A.D. Nigh on a thousand years later the Arab World's critical strategic location made it almost inevitable that these regions would be drawn into the imperial rivalries of the leading European powers, while the Ottoman Empire struggled to maintain its existing position in the area. This in turn meant that the first bombs to be dropped by military aircraft fell on Arab soil. Not surprisingly, as the Arab countries slowly achieved their independence, they too wanted to have air forces. In 1948 the first such Arab air forces were thrown into battle in an ill-fated attempt to keep Palestine as a primarily Arab country.
Based on decades of consistent research, but also newly available sources in both Arabic and various European languages, and richly illustrated with a wide range of authentic photography, Volume 2 of the ‘Air Power and the Arab World, 1909-1955’ mini-series continues the story of the men and machines of the first half century of military aviation in the Arab World.
"The war in the Middle East and North Africa is Nicolle’s field of expertise and it shows in this informative and engaging book. He places air operations in the wider context of the war and provides details for many of the aircraft and pilots. His descriptions of balloon activities are particularly noteworthy. Air Power and the Arab World is thoroughly illustrated with black and white photographs, but it is the annotated colour plates of the planes that make this book fly. Overall, this was a more engrossing read than the format might suggest and I recommend it for anyone interested in WWI planes and the Middle-East and North African theatres." Neil Smith, www.hamsterwrangler.com