THE CUXHAVEN RAID: THE WORLD'S FIRST CARRIER AIR STRIKE.

Layman, R. D.


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1st ed., 1985. 160 pp., frontis., + photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 16cm. FINE. On Christmas day 1914 a small force of British seaplanes was launched from their carriers to attack the German airship base near Cuxhaven. It was the first attempt to exert sea power upon land by means of the air, and it resulted in the first sea battle of a type that would become common in the Second World War where aircraft were the primary striking arms of both sides. Thus it may be seen as the birth of the ‘carrier task force' concept. The author describes the operation in detail for the first time, examining its preliminaries, planning, results, aftermath, and immediate influence, as well as its execution.


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