Air Power and the Arab World 1909-1955

Volume 3 - Colonial Skies, 1918-1936

David Nicolle

Richly illustrated, the first comprehensive and inclusive operational history of military flying in the Middle East and Northern Africa in the 1918-1936 period.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
139 b/w photos, 1 color & 3 b/w maps, 21 color profiles, 9 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336325
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Available


Much of the Arab World remains ravaged by war or threatened by war. Meanwhile, the decades old Arab-Israeli conflict remains fundamentally unresolved. Consequently, even the Arab air forces and other Arab armed forces remain either at war or on a virtual war footing, or at least in a state of continuous vigilance. The earliest of the Arab air forces to be established trace their histories back to the 1920s and 30s when the overwhelming majority of Arab countries, and an even larger majority of the Arabic-speaking people, were ruled or dominated by four European powers.

Based on decades of consistent research and newly available sources in both Arabic and various European languages, richly illustrated with a wide range of authentic photography, Volume 3 of the Air Power and the Arab World, 1909-1955 mini-series continues the story of the men and machines of the first half century of military aviation in the Arab World. It describes the role, organizational structure and activities of the air forces of Britain, France, Italy, and Spain which were sent to the Arab countries. It also looks at the early years of two neighboring air forces, those of the Persian (Iranian) and Ethiopian Empires whose early emergence was viewed jealousy in some Arab capitals.

Volume 3 continues this story by describing operations of the British, French, Italian and Spanish air forces in the Arab world after the First World War, but also the emergence of the first Arab air forces in the shadow of the substantial European air force units stationed in that area.

About The Author

David Nicolle is a leading expert on the history of medieval warfare, in particular the Crusades and Middle Eastern warfare, and he is a prolific writer of books on these subjects as well as articles and magazine articles.

Among his many previous works are The Hundred Years War; The Mongol Warlords;Saladin and the Saracens; The Crusades; The Medieval Warfare Sourcebook; Hattin 1187 and Fighting for the Faith.


"...recommended to anyone with an interest in the use of air power between the wars or in the region’s military history."

- Air Power History

"This book will be of great interest to both modelers and historians alike."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"Helion’s picture-packed production sports dozens of rare photos and archival images. Twenty-one color profiles sample the sweep of British, French, Italian, Spanish, Iranian, and Ethiopian warplanes and schemes."

- Cybermodeler

"For those with post-WWI colonialism in mind, this book can help you decide what type of aircraft and how many to insert into a tabletop battle or campaign."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"The authors have really done a fine job going through various archives to bring us the story. Add to it some superb period photos as well as full color profiles and you have an excellent addition to this series."

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"For the wargamer, these are often interesting and challenging conflicts, […] there’s plenty here to whet the appetite."

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