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  • Date Posted: 11/01/2010
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Aircraft During World War 1 and World War 2

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Aircraft During World War 1 and World War 2


Assess the Importance and Significance of Aircraft During WWI and WWII.


Some terms need to be defined. WW1 and WW2 stand for World War One and Two. “Importance” in this question mean the effectiveness and usefulness of airplanes during both World Wars. “Significance” here means, what role the aircraft played in winning the war for the Triple- Alliance and the Triple- Entente. It also means how the aircraft was used during the war and if certain things like the drop of the atomic bomb would never have happened if there was no aircraft. This question is hard to question since it does give specific dates and a extremely specific task. Even though the task is specific, one could argue that it would be better to asses the importance of the aircraft in only one of the wars, since the significance of the aircraft was much less in WW1, then it was in WW2. Also the importance and use of the aircraft in WW1 was different then the use and importance of the aircraft in WW2. In both wars aircraft was significant and important, though it played a more significant role in WW2 then in WW1.


Aircraft in the beginning of WW1 had a very insignificant role, because it was only used for reconnaissance or spying on the enemy. Planes at that time also weren’t of much use because the maximum speed of a typical British fighter plane was only 72 mph in 1914. Planes could easily discover enemy troop movements which indicated whether the enemy was attacking or not. Also Aircraft could see disturbances of the ground to maybe be able to see where a tunnel was being dug or where the enemy was setting up gun pits for artillery. Also planes were used for the so ...

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