The French Air Force in the First World War

Ian Sumner

 
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
200 Illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526701794
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$26.95
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Overview
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The French air force of the First World War developed as fast as the British and German air forces, yet its history, and the enormous contribution it made to the eventual French victory, is often forgotten. So Ian Sumner's photographic history, which features almost  200 images, most of which have not been published before, is a fascinating and timely introduction to the subject. The fighter pilots, who usually dominate perceptions of the war in the air, play a leading role in the story, in particular the French aces, the small group of outstanding airmen whose exploits captured the publics imagination. Their fame, though, tends to distract attention from the ordinary unremembered airmen who formed the body of the air force throughout the war years. Ian Sumner tells their story too, as well as describing in a sequence of memorable photographs the less well-known branches of the service the bomber and reconnaissance pilots and the variety of primitive warplanes they flew.

About The Author
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Ian Sumner is a prolific writer and researcher who specializes in local and military history. He has made a particular study of the French army and air force during the First World War, his many books on the subject including The French Army 1914-18, French Poilu 1914-18, First Battle of the Marne 1914, They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914-1918, Kings of the Air: French Aces and Airmen of the Great War and The French Army at Verdun.

REVIEWS
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“In seven crisply-written chapters the author traces the course of French military aviation from balloons and other pre-World War I developments through the weeks immediately following the Armistice… well-assembled book, which is recommended highly.”

- Over the Front, Spring 2018

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