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A Glint in the Sky (Paperback)

WWI 1917

By Martin Easdown, Thomas Genth
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781844151196
Published: 30th September 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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Martin Easdown's compelling account of the German air raid on Folkestone in 1917 and its appalling aftermath is the first comprehensive history of an episode to be published. He gives a dramatic description of the event, relying heavily on the eyewitness testimony from the townspeople who were there on that fateful day. He records the experiences of the German airmen who carried out the raid and pioneered a new and terrifying method of warfare. In addition, he recounts in graphic detail similar attacks by bombers, seaplanes and Zepplins on other Kentish towns, including Dover, Ramsgate, Margate and Sheerness.

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