Sir Frederick Sykes and the Air Revolution 1912-1918

1st Edition

Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Ash

Routledge
Published March 31, 1999
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9780714643823 - CAT# RU32456
Series: Studies in Air Power

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Summary

This is a long-overdue study of Sir Frederick H. Sykes, Chief of the Air Staff of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) during the First World War. Historians, for the most part, have either overlooked Sykes or misinterpreted him, leaving a gap in the story of British flying. Contrary to previous images of Sykes, we now see that he was not a secretive intriguer or a tangential subject in RAF history. Rather, he played a fundamental part in organizing and leading British aviation from 1912 to the end of 1918. He provided organization, visionary guidance and efficient administrative control for the fledgling service that tried to survive infancy in the heat of battle.

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