The final book of narrative in this seven volume official history of the RAF in the Great War brings to a conclusion the story of the war operations and developments of the air service with narratives dealing with the events leading to the creation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918; with supply and manpower problems; the genesis and work of the Independent Force and the campaigns in 1918 in Palestine, Trans-Jordan, and Syria, in Persia, Mesopotamia, and Russian Azerbaijan, in Macedonia and Italy. Also covered are air actions throughout the war in India, naval aircraft co-operation in 1918 in home waters and in the Mediterranean, and the Allied offensives on the Western Front leading to final victory in November 1918.
This official history of the part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force is based chiefly on the records of the Air Ministry, collected and preserved by the historical section, supplemented by the contributions of many military and naval officers and civilian experts, as well as accounts of eyewitnesses. In all there are six volumes of text plus a supporting volume of appendices, published between 1922 and 1937.
With our 2020 reprint of the six text volumes of WAR IN THE AIR all bound in colour maps are present and correct where appropriate,an A4 printing size has been adopted to allow little or no reduction to this colour mapping, this larger format has also allowed a 20% increase in type sizing to the text pages that was previously rather small in the original editions.