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Based upon the remarkable diary of the author's father, Leslie Semple, and his unique photographs, this, is quite simply, the only book on this subject. Flying at 18, Semple's astonishing experience has been meticulously put into context. How do you fly a Handley Page across France in total darkness? The answer is the 'Lighthouse system', just one of the revelations in this unique record of ingenuity and courage. The book is not simply a transcript of the diary - fascinating though it is.With the expert guidance of retired Wing Commander Mawby, Clive Semple has produced an overview of WWI aviation from a new and revelatory perspective. The 200-plus photographs alone, not only from the diary but also from the Imperial War Museum, provide solidly new information. Some of the pictures Leslie took were certainly a court martial offence. Leslie Semple was told when he volunteered for the Flying Corps that it was 'about as safe as infantry'. And notwithstanding the carnage of the trenches, his instructors knew this was a lie.It includes many unpublished photographs from an unarguably unique record of the experience of World War I. It tells a story of intrepidity and sacrifice. It is fully authenticated and prepared by an acknowledged expert on World War I aviation.
HISTORY PRESS SPELLMOUNT
|Dimensjoner||17,2cm x 24,8cm x 2,5cm||Vekt||975 gram|
|Leverandør||Bertram Trading Ltd||Andre medvirkende||Wing commander Alan Mawby|
|Emner og form||European history, First World War, Air forces & warfare|