Richmond WW1 Diary 1 April 1918

Royal Air Force formed | When the war started in 1914, people had only been successfully flying aeroplanes for a few years. Planes were very flimsy, made of a wooden frame covered with fabric and held together with wire. Because of the weakness of the materials, these planes had two sets of wings, and were…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 7 July 1917

Bomb raids pass over Richmond | Although air raids are more commonly associated with the Second World War, German planes pursued a strategic bombing campaign¬†during the First World War. However, although the planned targets were military, such as training camps and munitions factories, location equipment on board the planes were so poor, bombs often fell…

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Richmond WW1 aircraft factories

Alongside all the despair and destruction caused by the Great War, there were positive impacts on¬†development in certain fields. There were advancements in medical science, including plastic surgery and prosthetics used to treated wounded soldiers. Communication technology, particularly radios, developed rapidly to meet the demands of the military. And aviation was transformed from an amateur…