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Aces falling : war above the trenches, 1918

Author: Peter Hart
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By 1918 the great First World War 'aces' had become the stuff of legend, and names like Manfred von Richthofen, James McCudden and Edward Mannock were powerful symbols to the warring nations. To their contemporaries these men seemed invincible. Their tactical genius, aerobatic flying skills and deadly gunnery had left a trail of burning aircraft in the skies above France." "But the very nature of war was changing.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hart, Peter, 1955-
Aces falling.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007
(OCoLC)608055951
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hart
ISBN: 9780297846536 0297846531
OCLC Number: 123797596
Description: x, 386 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Where Are We 8 --
2 So Much to Learn 21 --
3 Aces Rising 41 --
4 Impending Storm 65 --
5 Gotterdammerung on the Somme 95 --
6 The Battle for Flanders 133 --
7 The Death of Richthofen 164 --
8 Fading Hopes 178 --
9 Falling Aces 195 --
10 A Black Day 205 --
11 Ordinary Boys 236 --
12 Bombers over Germany 261 --
13 End Game 284 --
14 When the Show is Over 350.
Responsibility: Peter Hart.

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How the age of the great WWI aces came to an end in the skies over the Western Front  Read more...

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