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Aces High: War In The Air Over The Western Front, 1914-18 by ALAN CLARK

By ALAN CLARK

Aces High serves to remind us that, if no longer a wholly scrupulous flesh presser, nor an ideal husband, Alan Clark rather used to be a very good army historian.

There has advanced anything of a delusion concerning the warfare within the air among 1914-1918. the parable is going that, whereas within the dust and gore of the trenches less than any idealism and chivalry fast sputtered and died, within the purer air above the final noble heroes battled in one-to-one dogfights like knights of outdated. it's a delusion that Clark shoots down in flames, with attribute iconoclasm.

One of the good RFC aces was once Mick Mannock, famed for his come across with a coaching teacher, out in a formation of six, with 5 of his very green-horned scholars. Mannock first shot down the teacher after which ruthlessly pursued all the newbies and shot them down one after the other. This wasn't chivalry, it was once conflict, and even if extra based to monitor, it was once each piece as deadly as Passchendaele.

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C. Cambray Me demonstrates the technique needed to protect this fE2d of 20 Squadron in 1 9 1 7. The pilot has a forward-firing Lewis gun, as does Cambray. To protect his tail he had to stand and use this pole-mounted weapon. In a pitching, rolling dog-fight his feet are just below the rim of the cockpit and he has no seat belt. Note the camera on the left of the nacelle and the bomb racks underneath. The object on the top of the wing - and in danger of being shot off - is the gravity-feed fuel tank.

H. in its shallow will be seen, a very brave man as well) and climb. When the observer of the Aviatik he soon found that the Maninsyde had a alened his pilot it too struggled to gain alti­ combination of several vices, which, although tude. Soon Strange found that his adversary often found individually in aircraft of this was dr3\ving away from him. The Maninsyde period, were usually accompanied by some had reached its ceiling and could climb no compensating vinues. It was slow, unstable more. Dr3\ving the joystick back, Strange and yet lethargic in its response to the lifted the machine's nose and fired a long controls - in other words the very opposite of deflecting burst at the enemy, emptying the what was required in combat against another Le\vis gun.

Le Rhone engines, Doberitz ror use as training aircrart. On 27 which greatly improved their perrormance July one crashed ratally, and a second Fokker (and emphasized the somewhat theoretical pilot was killed on the 3 1 st. ). Fokker ratality on 29 August the ldjlieg In the spring or 1916 the Fokker myth disbanded the Doberitz Fokker unit, sent the began LO disintegTate. The first or the Nieupons aircrart back to the Fokker works at Schwerin (the Nieuport 1 1 , or 8ebe) had made their and grounded the monoplanes as service appearance in the skies over Verdun and as German pilots In front of their Albatros OVs at a briefing before take-off.

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