Almost as soon as airplanes were invented, military strategists realized their potential: only 10 years after the first flight, planes had become weapons of war. In the First World War planes served as scouts, fighters, and bombers--and by World War II all the advanced states had large military air forces dedicated to bombardment. There was even a belief that land forces would become obsolete. Starting with the less-than-perfect aircraft that flew over Europe in 1915, which caused countless deaths, see how technology developed between the wars; the early campaigns of WWII; air battles on the Eastern front; the defeat of the Luftwaffe; and sky combat in the Pacific. Of particular importance: the raids over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where planes achieved total dominance, heralding a new era of warfare.Murray, Williamson is the author of 'War in the Air 1914-45' with ISBN 9780060838560 and ISBN 0060838566.