“You are a butcher, do you call that fighting”: Air war over Palestine and Syria, 1918
16 February 2018
First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture
12.30 - 14.00
Speaker: Stuart Hadaway (Air Historical Branch)
The air war over Egypt and Palestine differed greatly from the familiar one over the Western Front. Not only were the tempo and environmental challenges different, but so was the pattern of the development of the air campaign. This talk traces the development of that war, and examines its culmination: the RAF’s role in the Battle of Megiddo in September-October 1918. By winning air superiority over the summer, the RAF was able to support ground operations to an unprecedented extent. So potent did the RAF become, that a leading British commander accused them of being ‘butchers’ as they destroyed entire Ottoman army corps from the air.
Stuart Hadaway is the Senior Researcher at the Air Historical Branch (RAF), and is widely published on the First World War in Egypt and Palestine.
Our First World War in the Air Programme of Events is proudly sponsored by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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