An account of aerial combat in World War I, revealing the terrible risks run by the men who fought and died in the worlds first air war.
A compelling and fascinating account of aerial combat in World War I, revealing the terrible risks run by the men who fought and died in the worlds first air war.
Little more than ten years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. Yet the romantic image of gallant aces belied the horrible reality of air warfare: of flimsy aircraft, of unprotected pilots with no parachutes; of burning 19-year-olds falling screaming to their deaths; of pilots freezing and disorientated as they flew across enemy lines.
In this unforgettable book, bestselling author James Hamilton-Paterson reveals the brutal truths of wartime aviation and shows how those four years of fighting in the air would change the nature of warfare forever.
For its mix of clear-eyed history, myth-busting and gobsmacking derring-do its hard to beat James Hamilton Pattersons Marked for Death Nick Curtis, Book of the Year in the Evening Standard
James Hamilton-Paterson is one of Britains most versatile writers. He won a Whitbread Prize for his novel Gerontius and is the author of Marked for Death, Eroica and Blackbird.