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Airpower in the Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africa

dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Antonioen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T13:24:36Z
dc.date.available2018-09-03T13:24:36Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationGarcia, A. 2017. Airpower in the Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africa. Historia, 62(2):1-26, doi:10.17159/2309-8392/2017/v62n2a1
dc.identifier.issn2309-8392 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0018-229X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2309-8392/2017/v62n2a1
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104377
dc.descriptionCITATION: Garcia, A. 2017. Airpower in the Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africa. Historia, 62(2):1-26, doi:10.17159/2309-8392/2017/v62n2a1.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.scielo.org.za
dc.description.abstractDuring the Great War, aircraft were used primarily for reconnaissance and artillery spotting. The Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africa (GSWA) allowed for South Africa's first employment of military aeroplanes in conventional warfare. The creation and employment of the South African Aviation Corps (SAAC) within the Union Defence Force (UDF) provided ground forces with a substantial force multiplier in terms of forward reconnaissance. The aerial reconnaissance allowed General Louis Botha and his subordinate commanders to gain a better understanding of the tactical picture and facilitated the battle concept. This paper discusses the role and impact of aerial operations during the GSWA campaign. The campaign was characterised by sweeping envelopments which were executed by the Union's commandos. During the latter part of the campaign aeroplanes provided the UDF with intelligence in terms of the location and concentration of German forces, which assisted in their final encirclement.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0018-229X2017000200001
dc.format.extent26 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHistorical Association of South Africa
dc.subjectWorld War, 1914-1918en_ZA
dc.subjectWorld War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleAirpower in the Union of South Africa's First World War campaign in German South West Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
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