Shooting the Front

Shooting the Front : Allied Aerial Reconnaissance in the First World War

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The First World War demanded revolutionary technology to break the vicious stalemate in which the armies of Europe found themselves as soon as static warfare became established. In the critical world of military intelligence, aviation assumed a vital role through aerial reconnaissance in reinforcing successful decision-making. The demands of warfare not only spurred aviation's development, it led to technological advances in aerial photography, radio intercepts, acoustics and optics that became the foundation for intelligence throughout the twentieth century and to the present day. Colonel Terry Finnegan's Shooting the Front reviews the entire evolution of Allied aerial photography and photographic interpretation during the Great War, in a text packed with data and based upon meticulous research in archives worldwide. The photographs included are both informative and spectacular, charting perforce the early years of aviation itself. Shooting the Front shows not only how important aerial reconnaissance was to the war effort, but also how it became the foundation for modern-day exploitation of imagery and geospatial intelligence used to guide today's decision makers on global issues, and shaped intelligence work for generations to more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 28mm | 899.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Spellmount Publishers Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 23 colour illustrations, 16 colour plates
  • 0752499548
  • 9780752499543
  • 942,980

About Terrence J. Finnegan

Terrence J. Finnegan served 30 years in parallel careers in the Air Force Reserve and in the Department of Defense as a senior level civil servant supporting NATO and NORAD alliances. He has written articles for Over the Front, Over the Top, and Studies in Intelligence. He lives in Sacramento, more

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"A massive, expertly written and richly illustrated history . . . based on meticulous archival research . . . Finnegan's prose is precise and clear, and he provides the necessary historical context to make his work accessible to expert and layman alike." --Thomas Boghardt, historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., for "Fascinating, well-researched . . . A significant work." --Choiceshow more

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