|Top of an Australian poster. A German Zeppelin is caught in the
beams of two searchlights © IWM (Art.IWM PST 12259).
The art of posters around the war in the air often drew upon the
images depicted – in word and in image -in the pre-war novels.
Jules Verne was an early contributor to the fiction of air warfare. In 1886 he published ‘The Clipper of the Clouds’, introducing the anarchic inventor Robur and his electric-powered helicopter-type vessel, the Albatross. After convincing fellow aeronauts of the merits of heavier than air flying machines, Robur disappears at the end of the story. He refuses to share his invention with the world, claiming it would only be abused.
National War Savings Committee Poster
No. 115.(1918) © IWM (Art.IWM PST 10424)
However, the majority of future war literature about air warfare held the common assumption that the aerial bombardment, or the threat of such action, against civilian populations would only be carried out by madmen or anarchists like Robur or the fanatics of the Griffiths and Fawcett novels.