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Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock VC, DSO, MC, RAF [Hardcover]

Norman L.R. Franks , Andy Saunders
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31 July 2008
Arguably the highest scoring RAF fighter pilot of the First World War, Edward 'Mick' Mannock's life, and most particularly his death, are still shrouded in mystery. Did he achieve as many victories as are sometimes ascribed to him? How did he die? Where did he die, and more pertinently, where do his remains now lie? Respected investigative historians Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have assessed all the evidence and cut through the speculation to build up a complete picture of the man and his achievements as a fighter pilot. Having unearthed much new and enlightening information, they present herein, perhaps the first truly balanced overview of his life. Vitally, they now also reveal exactly where Mannock VC fell in battle ninety years ago, and have now begun a quest to persuade the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to accept their findings, published here for the first time, along with numerous original photographs.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; illustrated edition edition (31 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502126
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman Franks and Andy Saunders have produced what is probably the most complete and well-balanced study to date ... A fascinating read! --Britain at War magazine --Magazine

The authors provide a detailed analysis of Mannock's combat record, including a victory list with 66 entries.

Moreover, the text addresses lingering aspects of Mannock's legend: his birthplace; his alleged blindness in one eye; his bloodthirsty attitude toward "the Hun"; his superb reputation as a flight leader. In fact, the authors seem to describe every pilot affiliated with him in Numbers 40, 74, and 85 Squadrons.

Illustrated with nearly 70 photos and maps, Franks and Saunders' study is bound to stand as the definitive reference for years to come. --Magazine

The meticulous research and its presentation in a logical and easily followed text, backed up with numberous photographs, cannot fail to impress ... this is a book that can be unhesitatingly recommended, bringing, as it does, something new to a well covered subject --

The authors post a number of questions in this very handsome book ... the story is told with great skill and thoroughness, and makes a most exciting read - the ultimate Mannock --Stand To!

Physically, the book is flawless. It is weighty enough to convince the buyer that he has purchased something substantial something of worth yet small enough to fit in a briefcase and sufficiently handy to read on a subway. The illustrations are reproduced to a high standard and are properly sized for study without distracting from the text, which is large enough for easy reading and cast in an eye-friendly font. The price is reasonable for the product received. Everything about Mannock: The Life and Death of Major Edward Mannock, VC, DSO, MC, RAF reeks of excellence. You will enjoy this work immensely. --Indy Squadron Dispatch

The meticulous research and its presentation in a logical and easily followed text, backed up with numberous photographs, cannot fail to impress ... this is a book that can be unhesitatingly recommended, bringing, as it does, something new to a well covered subject --

The authors post a number of questions in this very handsome book ... the story is told with great skill and thoroughness, and makes a most exciting read - the ultimate Mannock --Stand To!

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The authors provide a detailed analysis of Mannock's combat record, including a victory list with 66 entries.

Moreover, the text addresses lingering aspects of Mannock's legend: his birthplace; his alleged blindness in one eye; his bloodthirsty attitude toward "the Hun"; his superb reputation as a flight leader. In fact, the authors seem to describe every pilot affiliated with him in Numbers 40, 74, and 85 Squadrons.

Illustrated with nearly 70 photos and maps, Franks and Saunders' study is bound to stand as the definitive reference for years to come.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Scrupulously researched - the authors even try to correlate the claimed victories of Mannock and his colleagues with the records of German flight crew losses. Full of anecdotes and quoted passages from previous publications that give you a real flavour of what it was like to be there "from the horses mouth".
The writing style is a little dry on occasion, but this is still a beautiful book with lots of rare photographs of Mannock and his colleagues. If you think you know what it was like to be a World War 1 fighter ace from films and television, think again - this really puts you in the pilot's seat and you experience the constant frustration of machine gun jams, losses of young friends and the frequently awful living conditions. A must read for anyone interested in aviation of this era.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mick Mannock Still Veiled 3 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
There have been a number of books on the subject of 'Mick' Mannock and. Like most personalities, there is always room for another after a few years; therefore, this book fits in. It gives reasonable coverage to the subject and gives him a further airing.

The book sets out to reveal where he was born: it fails. Saying that he must be born in one place because his birth is found nowhere else is not convincing. Likewise his eye trouble again, not convincing. Like one other review states, the book covers the biographies of almost all the other squadron pilots and this gives the book a 'padded' feel which the authors could have done without.

Where the book does come to life is with the hunt for Mannocks last resting place. Maybe not convincingly found but it engages the reader and that's what its all about. The book is above average but could have been even better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Contribution to Often Overlooked Ace 6 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
Being familiar with both of the authors' work, I thank them for giving us a further look into the life of Mick Mannock. Although many will find some areas only briefly touched upon, this book goes a long way in presenting a better picture/representation of Mick Mannock. There is much for 21st Century military leaders to consider here, especially how MAJ Mannock tutored the younger pilots under his supervision, and allowed some to take credit for "kills." A great read and very informative.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mannock : another biography 21 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
In as much as any further coverage of Maj. Edward mannock v.c is to be welcomed,this volume adds little of new interest however,the section regarding the grave site of maj. mannock seems unnecessary and morbid.surely what is important and should be emphasised is his record as one britain's best ww1 fighter pilots and perhaps the best patrol leader of the war.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stick to research, chaps. 30 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
Franks/Saunders may know everything about WWI aviation but they have a communication problem. They can't write English. They should reread Cole's biography of McCudden. They would then have an idea how to write a proper biography and would remind themselves that McCudden was not killed by a beginner's error but by a carburretor failure during an 'aces' takeoff.
This book has no discernible justification. The author's certainly don't provide one. There is nothing new here. They also don't mention an editor. Probably Grub Street is too mean to employ one but they could have checked their stuff before sending it off. Any other biography of Mannock is preferable to this.
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