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THE CANVAS FALCONS : The Story of the Men and Planes of World War 1

Longstreet, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 0491004788 / ISBN 13: 9780491004787
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Librería: Articles of War Ltd (Silver City, NM, Estados Unidos de America)

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Lobndon 1971, W H Allen, First Britih edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG / VG - condition ( one small dime size wear spot on front of dust jacket & price clipped ), 365 pages, illus, notes, bibliog, appendices. In the beginning World War I was an exciting, even glamorous adventure. On the ground, ladies waved their lovers off to battle, expecting them home before the snow fell. Into the clouds, headstrong young men flew their flimsy crates of canvas and woodat first simply to scout the ground action, but as the war beneath them degenerated from a noble confrontation to a mire of mud, manure and bloody rotting bodies, the air war developed on its own. The sky became the duelling area for `aces', the route of death-dealing bombers, the high road to glory that ended all too often in a flaming descent to earth.In The Canvas Falcons, Stephen Longstreet, whose accumulation of early aviation annals began when he was a schoolboy, relates the flesh-and-blood history of the men and machines who fought that pioneer aerial combat. On these pages the era lives again. Here are the inventors like the Dutchman Fokker, who never appreciated the havoc he had loosed until the Germans forced him to demonstrate his propellor-synchronised machine-gun in actual battle, and he discovered he could not kill man-to-man. Here are the aces, from Baron Richthofen - the Red Baron of legend - in his scarlet plane with a score of eighty kills, to the one-eyed Socialist Mick Mannock, who managed seventy-three for the British. Daring, diving, screaming, dying, here also are the Frenchmen, the Belgians, the Russians, the Italians and the Americans.The Canvas Falcons is a carefully documented, vivid recreation of a bizarre world where men too young to have known much of life discovered new ways of killing and of dying - the crazy world where innocence vanished and the technique of total war emerged ready for use again. N° de ref. de la librería 28520

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Edición: 1st Edition

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Mail order business, specialists for over since 1961 in Military, Naval & Aviation history from all periods of History, including some stocks of Military, Historical, Mystery & Science Fiction. Previosuly located in Skokie, IL.

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