Kings of the Air: French Aces and Airmen of the Great War Ian Summer

ISBN: 9781783463381

Published: April 30th 2015

Hardcover

240 pages


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Kings of the Air: French Aces and Airmen of the Great War  by  Ian Summer

Kings of the Air: French Aces and Airmen of the Great War by Ian Summer
April 30th 2015 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781783463381 | 5.19 Mb

In comparison to their British and German counterparts, the French airmen of the Great War are not well known. Yet their aerial exploits were just as remarkable, and their contribution to the war effort on the Western Front was equally important.MoreIn comparison to their British and German counterparts, the French airmen of the Great War are not well known. Yet their aerial exploits were just as remarkable, and their contribution to the war effort on the Western Front was equally important.

That is why Ian Sumners vivid history of the men of the French Air Force (Aéronautique Militaire) during the war is of such value.Summer tells their story using the words of the pioneering pilots and observers themselves, drawn from memoirs, diaries, letters, and contemporary newspapers, magazines and official documents. The recollections of the airmen give an authentic portrait of their role and their wartime careers.

They cover recruitment and training, reconnaissance and artillery spotting, aerial combat, ground strafing and bombing, and squadron life. They also highlight the technical and tactical innovations made during those hectic years, as well as revealing the airmens attitude to the enemy - and their thoughts about the ever-present threat of injury and death.



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