Mason Patrick and the Fight for Air Service Independence Robert P. White

ISBN: 9781560989431

Published: September 17th 2001

Hardcover

186 pages


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Mason Patrick and the Fight for Air Service Independence  by  Robert P. White

Mason Patrick and the Fight for Air Service Independence by Robert P. White
September 17th 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 186 pages | ISBN: 9781560989431 | 10.73 Mb

In 1918, at a critical juncture in World War I, Mason Patrick was selected to command the Air Service of the American Expeditionary Force. In this assessment of his career, White credits Patrick, rather than his more vocal second-in-command Billy Mitchell, with ensuring the survival of the Air Service at a time when it faced critical internal and external pressures.

He explores how, while Mitchell played the role of the attention-grabbing publicist, Patrick skilfully functioned as the true leader of the Air Service, expertly manoeuvring behind the scenes and in selected public forums to ultimately ensure the creation of the Air Corps.

Patrick took a gradualist approach to the question of the Air Services status, seeing autonomy within the US Army as an attainable goal that would serve as a stepping-stone to full independence later.



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