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Eyes of the RAF: A History of Photo-Reconnaissance

Nesbit, Roy Conyers

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ISBN 10: 0750911301 / ISBN 13: 9780750911306
Published by United Kingdom: Sutton Pub Ltd, 1996, 1996
From Words for the Wise, FPBA (Penn Valley, CA, U.S.A.)

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Large-4to-hardback in blue cloth boards with title in gilt on spine. Illustrated/Pictorial DJ. Stated First Edition. First Printing. Near Fine/Near Fine/: DJ exhibits very minor edgewear, but no chips or tears. Interior clean, crisp & bright. B/W Photographs; Foreward; Acknowledgement; Bibliography: Appendix; Index.335pp. A thorough documentation of photo-reconnaissance from the days of pigeon cameras, balloons & kites to the digital, optical & mechanical technology of the 1990s. Contains over 400 terrific duotone photographs. A very nice copy of a super interesting book, and written at the request of the Association of the RAF Photography Officers, who made available their material & photos to the author. #5005H. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-509121132

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Title: Eyes of the RAF: A History of ...

Publisher: United Kingdom: Sutton Pub Ltd, 1996

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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It became apparent very early on during World War I that aerial photo-reconnaissance and photo-interpretation would become essential tools for British intelligence. Yet the highly successful techniques declined during the inter-war period, kept alive only by private individuals and a few devotees in the armed forces. They were rapidly restored, however, during World War II and developed until they became remarkably effective methods of obtaining accurate sources of intelligence for Allied commanders when making strategic and tactical decisions. Since then, Britain has not entered any conflict before ensuring that these techniques played a prominent part. This text traces the development of photo-reconnaissance skills from the earliest days to the present and includes such conflicts as the Falklands War and the Gulf War. It is based on official and personal records and was written in collaboration with experts with detailed knowledge of the subject. The text includes over 400 photographs from many types of aerial camera and all major types of photo-reconnaissance aircraft. Many of the photographs were taken in action and all appear with detailed captions.

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Roy Conyers Nesbit served as an observer in the econd World War and is the author of over twenty books on aspects of aviation history, including three volumes of the RAF in Camera. Coastal Command in Action 1939-1945 and RAF. An illustrated History from 1918.

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