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Fighter Heroes of WWI: The Untold Story of the Brave and Daring Pioneer Airmen of the Great War
  

Fighter Heroes of WWI: The Untold Story of the Brave and Daring Pioneer Airmen of the Great War (Paperback, edition)

By Levine, Joshua

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The untold story of the first heroes of the air

ISBN 9780007274949
Barcode 9780007274949
Published 7 July 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, edition
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ISBN-13 9780007274949
ISBN-10 0007274947
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Collins
Publication Date 7 July 2009
International Publication Date 30 April 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, edition
Edition edition
Author(s) By Levine, Joshua
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History: From C 1900 -
World History: First World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 320g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.449410922
Catalogue Code 64332

Description of this Book

The untold story of the first heroes of the air Few are aware of the risks that the pioneering airmen of the First World War took. On a Wing and a Prayer is a narrative history that conveys the perils of those early days, the thrills of learning to fly, and the horrors of war in the air at a time when pilots carried little defensive armament and no parachutes. The men who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914 were the original heroes of flying, treading into unknown territory, and paving the way for later aerial combat. They became icons for the soldiers in the trenches, and a stark contrast to the hundreds on the ground fighting faceless hundreds as men fought aircraft to aircraft and man to man -- for the first time the air became a battlefield of its own. In 1914 aircraft were a questionable technology, used for only basic reconnaissance. But by 1918, hastened by the terrible war, aircraft were understood to be the future of modern warfare. The war changed flying forever.The Wright brothers' achievements of a mere 10 years earlier and Bleriot's crossing of the Channel just a few years before the war seemed a distant memory as aircraft became killing machines -- the war becoming the ancestor of the fearsome air wars of later years. The stories are presented to the reader in a frank and open way, revealing the feelings of the men who defended the trenches from above and witnessed the war from a completely different perspective. The adventures of these men are almost totally unknown, and this book will tell their story, in their own words, for the first time. The tale of men who rewrote the rules of military engagement and changed the course of modern history as a result.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A vivid, moving story of the men who fought the Great War in the Air. Quite superb.' MAX ARTHUR 'Those magnificent men in their flying machines recount in their own words just how mad and magnificent it was to be an air-ace in World War One. Joshua Levine's compilation is enthralling and breathtaking'. Chris Powling, Classic FM Guestlist

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Author's Bio

Joshua Levine is a playwright, writer for television and producer, and the author of Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle for Britain, researcher for Max Arthur on Forgotten Voices -- Great War and Second World War, and Lost Voices of the Edwardians, and The Last Post .

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