The French Air Force in the First World War (Paperback)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
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The French air force of the First World War developed as fast as the British and German air forces, yet its history, and the enormous contribution it made to the eventual French victory, is often forgotten. So Ian Sumner's photographic history, which features almost 200 images, most of which have not been published before, is a fascinating and timely introduction to the subject. The fighter pilots, who usually dominate perceptions of the war in the air, play a leading role in the story, in particular the French aces, the small group of outstanding airmen whose exploits captured the publics imagination. Their fame, though, tends to distract attention from the ordinary unremembered airmen who formed the body of the air force throughout the war years. Ian Sumner tells their story too, as well as describing in a sequence of memorable photographs the less well-known branches of the service the bomber and reconnaissance pilots and the variety of primitive warplanes they flew.
Great book, photos and captions are poignant and well put together.Amazon review by Geoff Boultwood
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Author Ian Sumner gives the right perspective of the incredible evolution of the WWI French military planes, running through the years describing all the main types but also many incredible flying machines that could perfectly stand in a Jules Verne book.Amazon review by freelancer Marco de Montis
Recommended to all WWI aviation fans.
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For the aircraft enthusiast and particularly for modellers lots of useful references and plenty of ideas for some dioramas as well.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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An addition to the deservedly popular Images at War series. This new book covers the fascinating story of the French Air Force during WWI – Highly Recommended.\r\n\r\nRead the complete review here.Firetrench
As featured 'On The Book Shelf'Wargames Illustrated, January 2018