The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the flying arm of the Royal Navy. Towards the end of World War One, the Royal Naval Air Service was merged with the Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force. The first thought given to an aerial service for the Royal Navy occurred in 1908 when the idea was floated to provide the navy with an airship.
It could be argued that South Africa had few reasons to join World War One on the side of Great Britain. There were certainly those in South Africa who thought in terms of a British defeat in World War One as this would end Britain's domination of South Africa despite its dominion status as arranged in 1910.
While pilots from abroad fought with distinction in the Battle of Britain, the majority of pilots were from Great Britain. No official record of Battle of Britain pilots survived World War Two - only those who had died, and it is their names that are on a memorial in Westminster Abbey, which was unveiled in 1947.
The Avro Lancaster was Bomber Command's most famous bomber during World War Two. The Lancaster was used on many occasions on bombing raids in Germany, including the so-called '1000 Bomber' raid on Cologne. The Lancaster was born out of the unsuccessful Manchester bomber. The original Lancaster was built onto a converted Manchester frame with four Merlin X engines attached to an enlarged wing section.
Populism The most influential person in the early days of Populism was Bakunin. While Bakunin was able to stir up the peasant's revolutionary fervour, he was a poor organiser. Bakunin believed that once the peasants had been suitably educated in revolutionary ideas, they, through their own endeavours, would overthrow the tsarist regime.
The Winter War The Winter War was fought between Finland and Russia between November 1939 and March 1940. After the blitzkrieg attack on Poland by Germany, the Winter War was the only other major military campaign until Hitler unleashed blitzkrieg on western Europe in the Spring of 1940. Finnish infantry When war broke out, the Finnish army was small.