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5.0 out of 5 stars The War in the Air - With Feet Firmly Planted on the Ground
This is an outstanding book. What sets it apart from so many books covering the subject is that the author sets the war in the air in its true context. The war was fought in three dimensions and, whilst there are very, very many books devoted to the air war, these too often treat it as if it were fought in some parallel dimension, barely connected with what was going on...
Published on 2 Sep 2007 by J. Grundy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a series of memoirs and letters strung together
While not going as far as the other reviewer who gave this only one star, this book and Peter Hart's very similar "Bloody April" are basically a series of letters and contemporary correpondence strung togther with an overview of the war in 1918.

In particular there was little on the "aces" in the title who appear as almost passing characters, rather the book...
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by G. Mott


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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this, buy Winged Victory., 7 Oct 2007
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This book is very long, very boring and very badly written. It achieves the difficult feat of making the story of the 1918 air war tedious.
It is very boring because, contrary to what Peter Hart thinks, quoting lengthy extracts fom memoirs and recorded reminiscences that were not intended for publication is not 'powerful'. This is no disrespect to the men who produced them. In addition the extracts are too long, inevitably similar in content, and are printed in an unpleasant grey typeface which makes it easy to skip them.
The book is also boring because Hart has used an extremely limited number of published sources, all written in or translated into English. I suspect that he cannot read French or German, which may account for his failure to mention the French Air Service. I do not believe his 'reasons of space' excuse in a book of this length. It would have been better to call it the RAF's War over the Trenches. For a much more readable account try the maestro Robert Jackson's Aces Twilight or Air War Flanders 1918.
As for the writing linking these passages, I think that even a journalist might be ashamed of it. Cliches, slang, mixed metaphors, use of italics for emphasis and more. Writing this lazy and slovenly demands a good editor. Hart has not got one.
In conclusion I am glad to say that, having read one of Hart's books before I took the precaution of borrowing this one from the library. If you want to know what the 1918 air war was like, don't buy this, buy the greatest WW1 novel, Winged Victory by V. M Yeates.
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