There is no let up to new books in the Images of War series and this one goes back again to the topic of WW1. With 123 pages to this particular title, it has a good mixture of photos and text sections. With bombers and observation aircraft being increasingly used, the fighter came into it's own, for both attack and defence. This one is split into 5 chapters, each with an introductory text section to give the background detail and then associated photos. The chapters are The War becomes More Serious: Arras and Bloody April: New Aeroplanes, New Tactics: The Winter of 1917-18: and finally, 1918.
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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
This book has come to print partly because of a pact between two pilots. In the event of the diarist dying, his comrade would continue the diary. The number of American volunteers joining
the RAF during the Great War was mostly due to impatience at the US sending warplanes to Europe. Highly Recommended.
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A classic of the Great War, published in 1933 and again in 1985. When first published it was considered the ultimate record of aerial combat, with extraordinary photographs showing men and machines apparently in their last moments, as they struggled for survival in the skies over France. Wesley Archer was an American who served as a pilot with the RFC and who faked both the diary and the photographs. The introduction to this volume reveals the truth behind he hoax.
The Great War Magazine, November 2016 - reviewed by Mark Marsay
After his early flights and subsequent first solo flight he moved to bombing in Russia and gaining experience before finally being given command of his own squadron. After already having gained a number of victories, command of his own squadron also led to him choosing to have his aircraft painted in overall red, so his enemies would know him. In addition to the pictures of Richthofen himself, there are pictures of his own and his units' various aircraft, along with others to illustrate the various types which became his victims. Following a section on Defending the Siegfried Line, and his liking of a silver cup to commemorate each of his individual victories, a routine he only stopped when the silver to make them became unavailable. Then we get to the story of his end. While for so long thought to have been killed by the Canadian pilot, Captain Roy Brown, an autopsy later revealed that the bullet which killed him came from a .303 rifle bullet, fired from the ground. He was buried with.. Read more
Military Modelling, Robin Buckland
Manfred von Richthofen – the Red Baron – was the most celebrated fighter pilot of the First World War, and was holder of the Blue Max, Pour le Mérite, Germany's highest military decoration. He was credited with 80 victories in the air, before being shot down in disputed circumstances aged 26. In this autobiography Richthofen tells not only his own story but also that of his contemporaries, their duels in the sky, ever present danger, fame, honour and spiralling death.