Military History Circle - Contact Patrols: The Development of Procedures for Aircraft and Infantry Co-operation 1916-18

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Mike Meech will be discussing the use of aircraft in the context of problems involved in identifying and communicating the progress of troops, after leaving their trenches, to higher command. Also the development of various methods used to solve those problems and how they evolved through various editions of Appendix “B” of S.S. 135.


During the First World War, identifying and communicating the progress of troops to higher command, once they had left their trenches, was a great problem for surveillance aircraft. Mike Meech, an amateur historian at present working part time as a volunteer at the RAF Museum Hendon, will detail the development of various methods used to solve these problems and how they evolved through various editions of S.S. 135, ‘The Training and Employment of Divisions’.

Speaking from over 10 years experience with the RAF as ground crew and a further 7 years with the Intelligence Corps, Mike Meech also holds a Combined Honours Degree in Archaeology and History from the University of Southampton. Mike has been a member of RUSI since 1978.



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