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Shooting the Front: Allied Aerial Reconnaissance and Photographic Interpretation on the Western Front -- World War I: Allied Aerial Reconnaissance and ... on the Western Front -- World War I 
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523 pages 
Defense Intelligence Agency 
Published 2007 
"Finnegan has done a remarkable job of bringing the observation war to stage center. He integrates admirably the operational and the technical aspects of the exponential development of aerial reconnaissance in the French and British armies. . . . Finnegan also succeeds in making highly technical subjects accessible to the non-specialist-no mean feat given the complexity of the material he presents, and its limited connection to contemporary methods and instruments. The large number of well selected illustrations add an extremely valuable dimension to a well written text". - Dennis Showalter, former President of the Society for Military History and Professor of History at Colorado College  
Book Description  
What is remarkable about photography's role in the war is photography was already a well established fixture of the modern 19th century society. The aura of aviation's beginnings reflected countless attempts to consolidate known technologies into a reliable and workable framework. It was the aeroplan that became the driving force of aeiral observation in the Great War. It's ability to command the high ground and provide a concise view of the battle area, both tactically and strategically, would enamor both combatants and the public at large to new methods of warfare. Aerial observation quickly became an important resource as the forces maneuvered in the drive towards Paris.  
This comprehensive resource will interest military history and aviation enthusiasts, as well as persons in the intelligence field and the coordinating illustrations, that include aircraft, cameras, people, aerial photos, and maps varying in scales, enhance the readers’ experience
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