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A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One

by Ralph Barker

Part of the Brief Histories Series

A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One Synopsis

This accessible text covers the all of the major First World War battles, from Bloody April 1917, when the squadrons suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive. Drawing extensively from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker creates a bird's eye view of the battleground from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the page the exhiliration of combat, the debility of the shakes , the grit of observers and gunners, the strain of low-level flying, the bonding of pilot and ground mechanic, and the awareness of tragedy as brave men gave their lives.

A Brief History of the Royal Flying Corps in World War One Press Reviews

'Ralph Barker has written a masterly anecdotal history of the flying war over France, and the courageous 'bird-men', who gave such dedicated support to the regiments deadlocked in the trenches beneath them' - Daily Telegraph

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841194707
Publication date: 30th May 2002
Author: Ralph Barker
Publisher: Robinson Publishing an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 560 pages
Categories: First World War, Air forces & warfare,

About Ralph Barker

Ralph Barker joined the RAF in 1940 after a career as a journalist. He is a well known military aviation historian and author of numerous books and articles.

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