A Revolution in Mapmaking Explained.
"For Official Use Only." World War I Aerial Photographs Explained.
"Illustrations to Accompany Notes on the Interpretation of Aeroplane Photographs" is a rare and valuable book published by the British military's General Staff (Intelligence) division in February 1918, nine months before the end of World War I. This book provides detailed illustrations and explanations on how to interpret aerial photographs taken by early planes and blimps. It is an important resource for understanding the use of aerial photography during World War I.
The book is complete with 63 photographic plates and illustrations. These plates show how a soldier can determine trench construction, detect machine gun emplacements, mortar emplacements, different kinds of shell holes, and other important information. The book was an invaluable resource at the outset of the revolution in military mapmaking initiated by aerial photography, and it represents the beginning of photographic mapmaking. Its insights into interpreting aerial photographs foreshadowed the development of satellite maps later in the century.
During World War I, the British military began using aerial photography for reconnaissance purposes. This allowed them to gather valuable intelligence on enemy positions and movements. The use of aerial photography greatly improved their tactical abilities and played a significant role in the war effort.
This book is a valuable resource for those interested in the history of aerial photography and its role in World War I. It provides detailed insights into the techniques and methods used by the British military for interpreting aerial photographs.