Synopses & Reviews
Many of the airmen of the First Word War who challenged both the enemy and death did not survive. These are their stories.
In the clinging mud and trench warfare of WWI, it was soon clear that the cavalry -- the elite of the elite -- would be of little use.
The dashing men and officers of the cavalry searched for a way to be front and center in the conflict, and found it in the new air forces being established on both sides of the Western Front. Soon lances and sabres were replaced by silk scarves and machine guns. Combat on horseback was replaced by dogfights in the air -- one-on-one and in great flying formations -- always between warriors. No technology changed more in the five years of the war, and none would have a bigger impact.
From Great Britain to Canada to Australia and New Zealand, new heroes took the honour and dash of the cavalry to the air in flying machines -- which would change the face of war forever.
This timely book provides an excellent view of aviation during World War I. Historical Society of Alberta newsletter
Though storytelling, period and contemporary photos and the words of the flying aces themselves, this book brings the history of WWI air combat to life.
About the Author
Norman S. Leach is a historian, award-winning freelance writer, professional speaker, and adventurer with five books on Canadian military history to his credit, including Passchendaele and Broken Arrow. He lives in Calgary.
Table of Contents
- Section One: The pre-war years. Flight in Canada, Great Britain and Australia
- Section Two: The start of WWI. The beginnings of air forces and air tactics
- Section Three: The men who took to flight. A look at pilots from each of the three countries, what drove them and their successes.
- Section Four: The flying machines. Technological developments and Failures
- Section Five: The Enemy. A view of the German pilots and aircraft
- Section Six: The Aces. Covers the great aces of WWI from Canada, Great Britain and Australia
- Section Seven: The iconic Dog Fights
- Section Eight: The end of the war and the barnstorming era.