The Zeppelin Offensive – David Marks

Review by Brett Holman. Even though the age of airships has long passed, they still exert an unparalleled grip on the popular imagination, appearing in science fiction as an easily-understood signifier of history taking a wrong turn somewhere, or in tech media as a temptingly slow-but-luxurious form of air travel that always seems just out... Continue Reading →

First to Fight – Steven Tom

Review by Adrian Roberts. The Lafayette Escadrille, the unit of American Volunteers with the French Aviation Militaire prior to the US entry into W.W.I, has become an important part of the US national heritage. This was the beginning of what became the American Century and these young men were motivated by idealism and adventure. This book tells the... Continue Reading →

Fokker Dr.I – Mark C. Wilkins

Review by Adrian Roberts. The Fokker Dr.I is probably the best known aeroplane of W.W.I due to its association with Manfred von Richthofen and to its distinctive appearance. It was built in relatively small numbers, and only served at the Western Front for three or four months, but it was the best German fighter around... Continue Reading →

Royal Flying Corps Kitbag – Mark Hillier

Review by Adrian Roberts. Mark Hillier is an established aviation historian and Stearman pilot who has written The RAF Battle of Britain Pilot’s Kitbag and a companion volume on Luftwaffe pilots’ equipment. These gave an insight into the lives of these men that complemented the accounts of their operations and their aircraft. Now he has... Continue Reading →

Fire-Step to Fokker Fodder – Andrew White

Review by Adrian Roberts. Second Lieutenant William John ‘Jack’ Lidsey and his pilot, Flight Sergeant Sidney Quicke, were the 29th victims of Manfred von Richthofen, on 22 March 1917. Author Andrew White, an established historian and ex-RAF officer, went to the same school as Lidsey, Magdalen College School, Brackley, Oxfordshire, and noticed Jack’s memorial cross... Continue Reading →

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