Aviation History Books

World War One Aviation




A most readable account of what it was like to serve with the guns on the Western Front. Written by someone who was there, indeed Boyd was awarded the MC for recovering two guns during the great retreat in March 1918. When first published in 1930, Robert Graves was moved to say "If I had to name the best record of Western Front fighting I should, on the whole, chose Donald Boyd's 'Salute the Guns' as the one that has dealt most faithfully with the most difficult to recall of all its aspects - contemporary morale". Need one say more?

Bulletin - Military Historical Society

An excellent book.

The Armourer

So rapid have been the advances in the science of aeronautics since the end of the First World War that it requires a considerable feat of imagination to cast one's mind back over the comparatively short period of seventy years to the days when Flight Commander Bartlett of the Royal Naval Air Service was flying some of the world’s first bombers over the Western Front. Philip Bartlett's account is a unique and fascinating record of a pilot's life in the dawn of aerial warfare and, as history, of the first use of the bomber in war, strangely, by the Navy’s aircraft. Flying by day and night alone, without navigational aids, the author moves from attacks on the U-boat bases to bombing the German Gothas as they prepared to raid London, and then to the support of Haig's drive to the coast which ended in the mud of Passchendaele. The climax in March, 1918, is reached when the author's squadron finds itself directly in the path of Ludendorff's massive thrust, which broke the British Vth Army.. Read more

The Pegasus Archive

The author delivers a detailed, engaging and comprehensive description of aerial combat through World War One. The combination of a fine text, well chosen photographs, useful appendices and comprehensive index, make this book of considerable value to military historians and enthusiasts.

Aviation News Incorporating Classic Aircraft

The book is an attractive hardback with many photographs and extracts from contemporary documents.

Hill and Valley Magazine