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Complete Failure? British and Dominion Aerial Re-supply in the Great War 1916 – 18
In the years preceding the outbreak of the Great War, those interested in the development of aviation had proposed the possibility of re-supplying remote locations from the air. Concept became reality in Mesopotamia in 1916; but the effort to relief British troops besieged in the town of Kut-Al-Amara was characterised by the commander of the garrison as a complete failure. Two years later, in July 1918, another, apparently unrelated, attempt at the Battle of Le Hamel proved successful and led to the rapid exploitation of the concept during the 100 Days Campaign.

In this Talk, Paul Barnes will examine the development of the concept of aerial re-supply in the Great War by the British and Dominion forces, question the characterisation of the Kut re-supply as a complete failure, interrogate the uniqueness of the 1918 version, and discuss what the development of aerial re-supply can teach us about learning and adaptation in war.

Feb 25, 2021 08:00 PM in London

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