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Thus, while the Germans inflicted increasingly heavy casualties on their opponents, they failed to obtain anything resembling air superiorit~ Throughout 1915 the Germans remained on the defensive and used their army reserves against Russia and in the Balkans. For their part, the Allies launched a series of offensives that resulted in heavy casualties, particularly among French 37 WAR IN THE AIR forces. Incremental improvements in artillery tactics, which depended on the connection between aerial observation and reconnaissance, were not sufficient to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

Import one third of their engines from the French. By 1916 order had begun to emerge out of chaos. •. t r: I' was phenomenal. The French expanded from approximately 12,650 workers in the aircraft industry before the war to 30,960 in 1915, and to 68,920 in 1916. The British expansion was even more extraordinary: By August 1916 over 42,000 workers were employed in manufacturing aircraft and engines from an industry which, before the war, had numbered only in the thousands. But that expansion did not come easily; the The Sopwith Camel, a British fighter that was deadly to the enemy and almost equally deadly to those who flew it.

Two factors began to turn the situation around in May 1917 for the Royal Flying Corps. British aircraft production was finally reaching significant levels. In January and February the Corps had received 250 new Comparative range and speed 1914 Allied German Western Front BE2-C range: 195 miles Fokker E1 Eindekker range: 50 miles Comparative range and speed 1918 Allied German Western Front SPAD 13 range: 130 miles Fokker D VII range: 130 miles WAR IN THE AIR aircraft. In the period March-April the number increased to 612; and in May-June to 757.

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