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CCI Book: Lawrence of Arabia and Middle East Air Power

Lawrence of Arabia & Middle East Air Power
A hundred years after the start of the Arab Revolt, this ground breaking book offers new insights on the contribution of aircraft to the campaign and a fresh perspective on Lawrence of Arabia’s reputation as an air power theorist. Modern commentators refer to an ‘all arms’ approach to warfare.

Lawrence was perhaps the first proponent of the concept, using land, sea and air forces to achieve victory in the desert. As Lawrence wrote:
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
This collection of articles explores the use of air power in the Middle East during the First World War. It draws upon research done by Cross & Cockade International members over a number of years, updated with the latest research and new photographs, as well as specially commissioned articles marking the centenary of the Arab Revolt. The narrative describes the introduction of aviation in the Middle East, the wartime operations of the Royal Flying Corps in support of the Arab Revolt, and Lawrence’s contribution, in the years immediately following the First World War, to the development of the air route from Cairo to Baghdad that helped secure the independence of the Royal Air Force and formed the basis for the Empire Air Route to India and beyond.

The book is 80 pages divided into 11 chapters. It contains 17 maps, over 120 photographs and a number of colour illustrations.

You can buy the book now, through our web shop, here.
  • Comments: 1 (see below)

Article posted: 24/04/2016

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Congratulations to everybody involved in this publication.
What started out as an intention to collect and republish everything the Society has previously published in the Journal about Lawrence, has morphed into at least 50% new material.
It is difficult to imagine anything could now be added to the subject... Now there is a challenge for somebody!
The quality of photographic and map reproduction is astounding. The reproduction of the Pilot's Handbook for the Cairo-Baghdad Air Route is a wonderful bonus.
Just one minor moan. There is no coverage of the work of the East Indies and Egypt Seaplane Squadron's support along the Red Sea coast. Although there is a nod in that direction in Peter Dye's introduction.
This book is a must have for anyone with even the slightest interest beyond the skies over France, and essential for those interested in Lawrence.
By: Ian Burns
On: 18/05/2016

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