Morareau, L. & Feuilloy, R. & Courtinat, J. & Le Roy, T. & Rossignol, J.


Association pour la Recherche de Documentation sur l'Histoire de l'Aeronautique Navale, Paris, 1st ed., 1999. 494 pp., numerous photo-ills., + cold., & b&w ills., + plans Pict., boards ; 30 x 21cm. Some bumping to corners o/w Nr.FINE. This is a Scarce history, with a French text, about French maritime aviation ' seaplanes and aircraft - during the Great War. The book is comprised of four sections : Maritime Aviation ; Operations ; Equipment ; Staff. The first section looks at the birth of maritime aviation and the declaration of war and then, in the next part, it discusses the development of maritime aviation during the conflict. The detailed section on operations not only covers French maritime aviation along the metropolitan coasts but also on the periphery of the Mediterranean at Venice, Corfu, Port-Said in Egypt, in North Africa, Portugal, Morocco and to Senegal. The section on equipment begins with the construction of aeronautics, seaplanes, aircraft, prototypes, captured enemy devices. The next part in this section looks at engines and the final part covers armament ' bombs, machine guns, carabineers and pistols ; cannons ; torpedoes ; diving equipment. The final section begins by looking at the formation of specialist staff : pilots, observers, technical staff and non-specialist staff. It then gives a table of honour listing decorations and citations for maritime aviation. The subsequent parts look at aerial victories, marine authorities and a section 'In Memoriam'. To conclude, there is a useful index of surnames. Generously illustrated with photographs, plans and some coloured and black & white drawings, this is an authoritative and SCARCE book.

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