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A Persuasive Essay Topics Feature Story
The Aeroplane Comes To Houston

Persuasive Essay Topics on the lovely aeroplane and modern air warfare at 5000 feet!
By Norman Morrison


Persuasive Essay Topics of Today and Yesterday: The Aeroplane Comes To Houston

Top Topics of Today and Yesterday is living proof that there really is nothing new under the sun. Long suffering proponents for "air war" scream for more planes in WWI. Their cries went unheeded...then, and later, and later.


The World of the Now

Today, all armies who can afford them have jet power. Those who can't afford that have piston power. The one universal is that while "boots on the ground" is good, you can never have enough planes in the air.

Historically, after WWII, when it became apparent to the even most troglodytic mud slapping war leader that airplanes were indeed the deciding force of the future, there were still two camps. The United States always seemed to opt for less, but more powerful, while the foes of the nation believed that numbers of lesser aircraft would be best. History has shown the path chosen by the United States to be the correct one. It was only bitter history that led to these decisions, on both sides of the fence. Below, find the pioneering voices who bellowed for air superiority in the days when the battleship, and time honored battle tactics reigned supreme.

The World Of The Then

Historical material from the Jewish the grossly defunct University Missourian. Rewritten, leaving the essence of the article. United Press Staff Correspondent Wilbur S. Forrest, in London,  initially penned the article, and delivered it by blazing fast mail. The article was written on July 26, and immediately found its way to print on August 15, 1915.

England's salvation is in the air.

Batter down the Rhine bridges with daily air raids and trench warfare in France is ended. Send a thousand aeroplanes with five bombs each over the huge Krupp munitions factory at Essen and Germany is seriously crippled.
Destroy the nine bridges over the Meuse that daily make possible the transport of arms and ammunition to the German armies in the West and the German armies will be on their knees.

Build or buy a thousand aeroplanes immediately, or two thousand or ten thousand and England will win.
This parcel of advice is the talk of England today. It is being printed in the newspapers, talked on the streets
and handed to the government in Parliament, through the war office and the admiralty. It comes from England civilian
strategists. They are agreed that England's future battles must be won in the upper stratum.

It was L. BH Desbelds, lecturer in aeronautics at the Royal Military. Academy, Woolwich, and one of the best known aeronautical experts in England, who first told the government that it should create and support a ministry of aviation. Today the government is said to be considering such a ministry. Today Desbleds is asking the government to add to its air fleet a thousand aeroplanes at once.

Collaborating with other experts, Desbleds has gathered the following Information in support of his aerial offensive and handed it to the government about bridges he has also applied to the Krupps at Essen.

One of the most vigorous supporters of Desbleds and his theory is H. G. Wells, the noted English author.
But Wells goes further than Desbleds. He is urging through a series of news paper articles the building or buying of 10,000 aeroplanes and says "about the ultimate result or the war there can then be no doubt."

"If we can smash Essen, we can hamstring Germany," says Wells. "We want aeroplanes going to and coming from Germany like ants about an anthill, like bees between a hive and clover, but going each with its two or three hundred pounds of high explosives, and coming back empty, from now until the war ends, a daily service of destruction to Germany."

Wells tells the war office It is fighting in the fashion of 1899. He advises the war office that thousands of young men from among both civil and military sources could be turned into air men in a month and every one would be willing to risk his life in aerial attacks on German communications, ammunition factories and bridges.

"It is cheaper," he adds, "to launch 2,000 aeroplanes at Essen than to risk one battleship. Aeroplanes will shorten the war. The government is spending $15,000,000 a day. To spend $230,000,000 on aeroplanes will be cheap in the long run."

C. G. Grey, well known London aeronautical editor, goes one better than either Desbleds or Wells. He asks the government to build. That an average of one military train every ten minutes crosses each of the fifteen bridges spanning the Rhine. They carry food, ammunition and reinforcements to the German armies in the West This means
that, during every twenty-four hours, 144 military trains pass into France and Belgium over each of these Rhine bridges, or 2,160 over all of them. The German armies are wholly dependent on this constant supply and are provisioned in reserves for four days only. That every ounce of supplies carried by this great steel caravan must
cross nine bridges spanning the Meuse to reach the bulk of the German forces now holding back the British and French on the great line across the continent.

Desbleds has further suggested to the government that daily air raids over both the Rhine and Meuse must
seriously hamper the enemy's supply. One thousand aeroplanes on this duty within a week, Desbleds suggests,
could possibly not only cut off the vast supplies of the enemy but render the German campaign in the West
practically impossible. What Desbleds has told the government was to secure 400 aeroplanes a week until 20,
000 have been added to the nation's aerial fleet.

James Douglas, in the London Opinion, suggests that every possible aeroplane factory in America and Canada
as well as England be put to the task of making aircraft for England. He adds: "The aeroplane is the only weapon
that can turn the German lines. The main thing is to get plenty of this weapon and quickly. The aeroplane
can fly over heavy guns, over the machine guns, over the steel and concrete redoubts, over the trenches. It can hit the Germans behind their lines. The flight sub-lieutenant who downed a Zeppelin single handed has shown what the aeroplane can do. We want ten or twenty thousand Warnefords, who will deluge German railways, stations, depots, airsheds, bridges and munition factories with explosives. The aerial defensive has not yet been organized."

Like Desbleds, Wells, Grey and Douglas, scores of civilian air strategists are urging and advising the government along the same lines. Dozens of private citizens have written the war office and admiralty declaring they will finance the con
struction of one aeroplane If authorized by the government. The government is facing a veritable deluge of advice, each parcel of It telling that the time to strike Germany by air has come.

Here at Top Topics of of Today and Yesterday we're somewhat pleased to bring you the great news about the wonders of flying. Folks from 1910 have mostly gone underground, but once they were flying high and rocketing around at tens of miles per hour. Actually, walking wasn't crowded, and only the most foolhardy would even think of lifting off the ground in one of those goofy looking flying machines. You will note in the article that history is most unkind to Desbleds. This seems to have been his 15 minutes of fame. On the other hand, Wells was to go on to become legendary, both famous and infamous.

Top Topics of Today and Yesterday is written by the dynamic team of Norm and Vicky Morrison, miners of great stories from the past for the world of tomorrow. Their latest works include a poignant website about the common Direct Vent Gas Fireplace. It's a tear jerker and should not be missed! This is on the heels of their world famous and award winning Personal Health Insurance Page

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