Recollections of the Great War in the Air

James McConnell

 
Date Published :
November 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Bob Carruthers
Language:
English
Series :
Military History from Primary Sources
Illustration :
approx 40 b/w images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781781592441
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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In 1915, James Roger McConnell enlisted as a US volunteer in the French Flying Corps. He was part of a remarkable band of American volunteers, which were formed into the famous American ‘Lafayette’ Escadrille. ‘Flying for France’ was his personal account of the war in the air as seen through the eyes a front-line pilot of the American Escadrille, which was then based at Verdun. His memoirs produce an amazing insight into the early aerial battles and trace the evolution of aerial warfare as the rickety aircraft of 1915 rapidly evolved into the purpose built fighters of 1917.

Casualties among the American Escadrille were very high and McConnell’s own luck finally ran out when he was ambushed by two German fighters and was killed in action in March 1917. His gripping and detailed memoir of the war is his lasting memorial; only ‘Sagittarius Rising’ matches his honest account of the everyday life of a pilot in the Great War. However his dramatic description of the battlefield of Verdun viewed from above is one of the classic descriptions of any wartime memoir and is unmatched by any other Great War writer.

McConnell’s memoir is made all the more moving by the fact that the reader is aware that the writer’s life will soon be cut tragically short. Essential reading for anyone interested in military history or aviation.

About The Author
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Bob Carruthers is an Emmy Award winning author and historian, who has written extensively on the Great War. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Bob is the author of a number of military history titles including the Amazon best seller The Wehrmacht in Russia.

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