Legend, memory, and the Great War in the air

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Published for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., by the University of Washington Press,
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"From the outset, our understanding of aviation in World War I has been tangled in myth and legend. The airplane was not a decisive weapon in the conflict, yet virtually every hero to emerge from the war was involved with aviation. After three-quarters of a century, the image of gallant knights of the air, locked in single combat high above the trenches, still captures the imagination." "Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air, published to document a new permanent gallery of the same name at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, contrasts the romantic myth of gallant combat in the sky with the grim reality faced by the aviators who fought and died during the war. It provides an accurate picture of aviation's role in the war and examines the interplay between perception and reality in history." "From the earliest battles to the final offensive of 1918, military leaders tried to integrate the airplane into their strategy to win the ground war. After aircraft had proved successful as observation platforms at the battles of the Marne and Tannenberg in 1914, the combatants continued to use them to reconnoiter enemy positions before launching attacks, to direct artillery fire, and to attack enemy troops. Aircraft were also used to bomb metropolitan areas in an attempt to destroy public morale. But despite its widespread application, air power was often misused and its effects were inconclusive. Nevertheless, government ministries and the press singled out fighter pilots, the most visible representatives of the air war, as marketable heroes. By the end of World War I, the aces (fighter pilots who had shot down substantial numbers of enemy aircraft) had become celebrities, even though their aerial triumphs had little noticeable effect on the course of the ground war." "World War I changed the nature of warfare and the world's social and political order. In the years immediately after the war, policy planners and decision makers made the war's modest degree of aerial activity the dominant topic of postwar analysis, overemphasizing and distorting its nature and influence. Today, three generations later, we still live with the consequences and the myths of the Great War in the Air." "Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air examines the reality of the first war in the air with a wide variety of artifacts and images. It explores the workings of history and challenges the reader to reevaluate unquestioned beliefs. It not only furnishes a much-needed, accurate picture of events in World War I, but by juxtaposing the myth and reality, and examining their relationship, gives a sense of the historical process as well."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Grouping Titlelegend memory and the great war in the air
Grouping Authordominick a pisano and others
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ils:.b15795937BookBooksEnglishPublished for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., by the University of Washington Press, [1992]144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
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subject_facetWorld War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
title_displayLegend, memory, and the Great War in the air
title_fullLegend, memory, and the Great War in the air / Dominick A. Pisano ... [and others]
title_shortLegend, memory, and the Great War in the air
topic_facetAerial operations
World War, 1914-1918