(Bonus) Overview of World War One Aviation
Summary: World War I was the first major conflict involving the large-scale use of aircraft. Tethered observation balloons had already been employed in several wars, and would be used extensively for artillery spotting. Germany employed Zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and Baltic and also for strategic bombing raids over Britain and the Eastern Front. Airplanes were just coming into military use at the outset of the war. Initially, they were used mostly for reconnaissance.