Diplomatic and Miltary Background

Libya 1911 – The first air raid?


The first use of aeroplanes for reconnaissance and bombing occurred in the Italian-Turkish war in 1911.

On October 23, 1911, an Italian pilot, Captain Carlo Piazza, flew over Turkish lines on the world’s first aerial reconnaissance mission, and on November 1, the first ever aerial bomb was dropped by Sottotenente Giulio Gavotti, on Turkish troops in Libya, from an early model of Etrich Taube aircraft. The Turks, lacking anti-aircraft weapons, were the first to shoot down an aeroplane by rifle fire.[Wikipedia]

This scene is the background to Gustaf Janson’s (1912) ‘A Vision of the Future’ in Pride of War

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