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
"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
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.
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