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Ballads and Songs of WWI
| Total Clicks: 2128 | Report Broken Link |
by Jerry Silverman
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications (January, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN: 0786625449
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The Battle of Britain 1917
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by Jonathan Sutherland, Diane Canwell
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd (March 16, 2005)
ISBN: 1844153452

In the autumn of 1916 the Germans began to equip with the Gotha twin-engine bomber. The Gothas were designed to carry out attacks across the channel against Britain. A group of four squadrons was established in Belgium, and they carried out their first bombing raid towards the end of May 1917. This 22 aircraft sortie, against the town of Folkestone, caused 95 deaths. In mid June a force of 18 Gothas attacked London in broad daylight. Over 90 British fighters met them, but not one Gotha was brought down. This bombing raid caused 162 deaths.From mid-September an even larger, more potent bomber joined the Gothas. The Zeppelin-Staaken Riesenflugzeug or "Giant" bomber. It had a range of about 800km (500 miles). The Gotha/Giant night raids continued throughout 1917, almost unscathed until December when the British began to have success in intercepting the Gothas at night. Anti-aircraft fire was also becoming more effective and the increased use of barrage balloons affected the bombers. By the end of the war a 50-mile long line of barrage balloons surrounded London.In the meantime the Giants continued a small but influential campaign against London. On 16 February, during a four aircraft raid, a Giant dropped a 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bomb - the largest used by anyone in the war - and blew up a wing of the Chelsea hospital.
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Bloody April
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Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917
by Peter Hart
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson (June, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 0297846213

As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed air support from the Royal Flying Corps. But by this point the RFC were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and maneuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground who were being lost daily. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there. His research has uncovered a vast amount of previously unpublished information, some of which is controversial: for example, were some of the British aces being completely truthful about their fabulous victories?
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Bloody April
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Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917
by Peter Hart
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Cassell; New edition (September 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0304367192

As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment and maneuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school - as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces.Over the course of 'Bloody April' the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there.
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The Canvas Falcons
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by Stephen Longstreet
Hardcover: 365 pages
Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications (March, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN: 0850524431
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Dog-Fight
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Aerial Tactics of the Aces of WWI
by Norman Franks
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Greenhill Books (July, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1853675512
ISBN-13: 978-1853675515
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

The history of WWI aviation is a rich and varied story marked by the evolution of aircraft from slow moving, fragile, and unreliable powered kites, into quick, agile, sturdy fighter craft. At the same time there emerged a new kind of µsoldier', the fighter pilots whose individual cunning and bravery became crucial in the fight for control of the air. Dog-fight traces this rapid technological development alongside the strategy and planning of commanders and front-line airmen as they adapted to the rapidly changing events around them and learned to get the best from their machines. Often, this involved discovering and employing tactics instinctively to stay alive. Based on the author's personal correspondence with a number of WWI fighter pilots and aces, and drawing on published contemporary memoirs, this is an authoritative and lively history that serves as a captivating tribute to the brave pilots of both sides.
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The Fighters
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The Men and Machines of the First Air War
by Thomas R Funderburk
Hardcover
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1965)
Language: English
ASIN: B0007DZTC4
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Fire over England
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The German air raids of World War I
by H. G. Castle
Unknown Binding: 254 pages
Publisher: Secker & Warburg; (1982)
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The First Air Campaign
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August 1914- November 1918
by Eric Lawson, Jane Lawson
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 15, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN: 0306812134
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The First Air War
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The Pictorial History 1914-1919
by Alan C. Wood, Terry C. Treadwell
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Brassey's UK (February, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN: 1857531221
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