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Stalking the U-Boat: U.S. Naval Aviation in Europe during World War I (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) Hardcover – November 14, 2010

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  • Series: New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1 edition (November 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813034884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813034881
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exceptional piece of scholarship. Rossano clearly points out that military organizations in general, and a naval air force in particular, are built from the ground up and not the other way around. While we celebrate the exploits of the pilots, Rossano reminds us that there were myriad mechanics, constructors, paymasters, and even some ship drivers who played a vital role in naval aviation during WWI."--Craig C. Felker, U.S. Naval Academy


"A fine book that will stand for many years as the definitive study of U.S. naval aviation in Europe. Well-researched and written, the book ranges widely, from the high-level planning in Washington for a naval air war to moving thousands of men and hundreds of aircraft across the ocean to the routine but dangerous training, patrol, and bombing flights that constituted the navy’s air mission in World War I."--William F. Trimble, author of Attack from the Sea


Stalking the U-Boat is the first and only comprehensive study of U.S. naval aviation operations in Europe during WWI. The navy's experiences in this conflict laid the foundations for the later emergence of aviation as a crucial--sometimes dominant--element of fleet operations, yet those origins have been previously poorly understood and documented.

Begun as antisubmarine operations, naval aviation posed enormous logistical, administrative, personnel, and operational problems. How the USN developed this capability--on foreign soil in the midst of desperate conflict--makes a fascinating tale sure to appeal to all military and naval historians.



About the Author

Geoffrey L. Rossano is the editor of Price of Honor: The World War One Letters of Naval Aviator Kenneth MacLeish.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin A Owers on September 3, 2012
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Do not let the academic sounding title put you off. This is an excellent, well written and researched, easy to read work by Geffory Rossano that will be THE work on the USN's aviation activities in WWI for a considerable time. Using official documents and recollections from the papers of veterans, Rossano has woven the complex tale of the administration and active service of the USN in the European Theatre into a readable work that brings the protagonists to life. He does not only dwell on the wartime actions but explains what life was like for the "bluejacket "over there". Not to be surpassed for a long time.

Colin A Owers
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