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Between and the foundations were laid for many of the advances of the rest of the 20th century". Film cameraman in - the First World War was the first mass media war.
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In aviation, the British armed services went into war in with aircraft. By November , the RAF possessed 22, machines.
Secret Warriors: Key Scientists, Code Breakers, and Propagandists of the Great War
They were bigger, better powered and more reliable than anything that could have been imagined at the beginning of the war. Camera being taken aboard a Vickers observation aircraft - great advances were made in aerial photography in WW1.
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It eventually proved to be one of the most important means of locating the enemy's artillery. Bragg was, and still is, the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Prize in , aged At least some facets of Edwardian Britain were dominated by technophobes, meaning that even now we see early twentieth century England as a technophobic nation.
On the eve of war Britain quickly shrugged off this label and in the years of the war made huge progress in aviation, medicine, engineering and chemistry, propaganda and code breaking. For example, Downing recounts the experiences of Captain Joubert, a pilot who found himself lost somewhere over Europe.
Joubert landed and discovered he was in Tournai and after a hearty welcome and a good lunch was on his way again. Once more he found himself lost and landed to refuel. This time however the welcome was slightly less jovial and he was threatened and nearly arrested for being a spy. He was eventually helped out of the potentially dangerous situation by a local who realised Joubert was on their side.
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It is such additions that make Secret Warriors a particularly compelling human history. It is this focus on the people behind the science, so many of whom are named and given a background, which makes this book stand out from the crowd of World War One history books. There are adventures, mistakes both clumsy and colossal , secrets, lies, larger than life scientists, and exceptional inventions and innovations.
It is a book to read once for the facts and read again for the people and stories. To read Eleanor's interview with Taylor Downing, click here. Centenary News is a not for profit social enterprise - that has been set up to provide independent, impartial and international coverage of the Centenary of the First World War.