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L'Aeronatique Militaire 1914-1918, Traditions & Heraldique
L'Aeronatique Militaire 1914-1918, Traditions & Heraldique
By Philippe Jourdan
Published by CjBobrow
13 July 2016
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L'Aeronatique Militaire 1914-1918, Traditions & Heraldique

L'Aeronatique Militaire 1914-1918, Traditions & Heraldique
By Philippe Jourdan
Self Published [email protected]
€30.00 Pp.117, ISBN: 9782954889702
8.5” x 12”, Soft Cover,
300+ Images, Photographs, Color Aircraft Profiles

Mr. Jourdan and his team have produced a high quality and comprehensive work depicting the extant WWI French Aircraft unit insignia. One of the most significant aspects of the work, unlike other such works, is that it is truly bilingual; the entire work is written in both French and English.

Nearly every page of the work contains color representations of the various escadrilles insignia; the sheer number depicted is astounding. The book presents a listing of the 619 escadrilles that were organized; while some were never mobilized a total of 371 were, of this 311 are represented with their constituent emblem. There is the occasional aircraft profile view, which is either drawn or presented as a photograph of the machine. The accompanying text for each of the representative images covers a vast array of topics. They range from a brief about the emblem, the artist and or the background/origin. In each instance the nomenclature, which constitutes the French method of escadrille identification is listed out. This makes for an invaluable reference as the prefix for the designations is clearly understood and related. Escadrille 3 Les Cigognes ('The Storks') were originally BL 3 (Blériot) then became MS 3(Morane-Saulnier) then converted to N 3 (Nieuport) finally as SPA 3 (SPAD). The illustrations are taken from a variety of sources and again in each instance it is noted with an icon depicting the reference source. These are: drawing from canvas fuselage, drawing from fuselage photo, drawing from a document and finally from a Moreau-Berillon drawing (L'Aviation Française 1914-1940. Ses Escadrilles - Ses Insignes.)

It is obvious that a staggering amount of work went into the preparation of this book. There is a bibliography listing other works, some well-known and some obscure. The author makes a personal note in the conclusion of the book; one that speaks of someone who has come to understand the essence of the symbols in their profundity. After reading this passage and his reference to the seemingly comic image flown by SAL 252 perhaps you’ll also come to the same conclusion I did. To anyone who is interested in the French military aviation activities during the Great War this is an essential volume.

Carl J. Bobrow
Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum
By Philippe JOURDAN on 25 July 2016, 08:46 AM
Carl, thank you very much for this review which perfectly describes my book and seriously I brought in my researchs. They are the result of over 10 years of investigations and 3 years of writing, of checks and corrections.

Beyond the "corpus" of these insignias, which are those brought to November 11, 1918, 11.00 and which are the expression of the personality of each «*Escadrille*» and thus «*L'Aéronautique Militaire*»... I also wanted to show in this book, with a broad introduction to its creation and its evolution, as well as by inserts, anecdotes and details on often unsung points, stories and history of creation and development of the French military Aviation, as well as what we need men like Hirschauer, Bares, general Duval, Captains Georges Thénault, William Thaw, to our allies and most humble as corporal Marie Suchet...

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