Sir Frederick H. Sykes and the Air Revolution: 1912-1918

dc.contributor.advisorTravers, Timothy H. E.
dc.contributor.authorAsh, Eric A.
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 472-482.en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is a study of Sir Frederick H. Sykes, first Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Air Force. It argues that historians have overlooked and misinterpreted Sykes and, therefore, have left a gap in the story of British flying during the First World War. Contrary to historiography, Sykes was not a secretive intriguer and not a tangential subject in RAF history. This dissertation describes Sykes's fundamental part in organizing and leading British aviation from 1912 to 1919--his visionary guidance and efficient administrative control of the fledgling service that was trying to survive infancy and contribute to victory. Sykes assumed command of the air staff at a critical time--the German spring offensives in 1918--when he worked harmoniously with the Air Minister, Lord William Weir, to maintain control of the air force and establish the strategic Independent Air Force. Sykes battled against fellow airmen, military traditionalists, and French commanders to lead an incipient air revolution in warfare by instituting "air minded" use of new technologies to economize manpower and apply air power tactically, strategically, and independently from inefficient army and navy competitive control. Aircraft have transformed the modern battlefield, and Sykes was important to that revolutionary beginning.
dc.format.extentix, 491 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.en
dc.identifier.citationAsh, E. A. (1995). Sir Frederick H. Sykes and the Air Revolution: 1912-1918 (Doctoral thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from doi:10.11575/PRISM/21899en_US
dc.identifier.lccUG 635 G7 A85 1995en
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
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dc.subject.lccUG 635 G7 A85 1995en
dc.subject.lcshGreat Britain. Royal Air Force
dc.subject.lcshSykes, Frederick H.
dc.subject.lcshAir Power - Great Britain - History
dc.subject.lcshGreat Britain - Military Policy
dc.subject.lcshWorld War, 1914-1918 - Great Britain
dc.subject.lcshWorld War, 1914-1918 - Aerial operations, British
dc.titleSir Frederick H. Sykes and the Air Revolution: 1912-1918
dc.typedoctoral thesis of Calgary of Philosophy (PhD)
ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 960 520538270
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