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5.0 out of 5 stars A biography that reads like a novel, 26 April 2010
This review is from: Brief Glory: The Life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO MC (Hardcover)
I was a bit afraid when I ordered this book that it would be a dry history book, facts names and dates put together as in many biographies. I was wrong: this is the best biography I've ever read. I'm very much interested in 56 sqn's history, and Alex Revell's name was a guarantee that it would be something worth buying. However, I'd never expected it to be so much fun to read. The book covers Arthur's life from his birth, and contains many of his letters written to his family. One can get a thorough insight into the life, plans and feelings of a young man who lived a 100 years ago, and whose life ended too soon. This human side and the action and aerial fighting is very well balanced. A must have for everyone who is interested in WWI aviation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Davies, 11 April 2011
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This review is from: Brief Glory: The Life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO MC (Hardcover)
This is an excellent page turner, full of good descriptions of air combat in flimsy WW1 fighter aircraft, filled with aviation fuel and easy to burn. The men of the calibre of Rhys-Davids fought untill they were killed in combat, for the sake of freedom and they left a legacy to be emulated in the second world war. Rhys-Davids was typical of that lost generation, an Oxford classics scholar, one of the most brilliant men of his generation with so much promise for a successful post-war career, cut down in the prime of his youth by the tragedy that is war. He was a friend and Squadron pilot with Albert Ball V.C and the legendary McCudden V.C. both from the Squadron of Aces, number 56 Squadron. This was the Squadron formed from the "Top Guns" of the day to get Richthofen and his Flying Circus of aces, with whom they clashed several times. Rhys-Davids certainly fought many of these top German aces and held his own, indeed, he shot down around 23 of their number before he was killed. He shot down, perhaps the best dogfighter of the first world war in Werner Voss, in his Fokker Triplane that shot down many aircraft and damaged nearly all of the others, although greatly outnumbered, in his last combat. Rhys-Davids, his victor, would go the same way. This is a brilliantly written and sensitive book and brings home the tragedy and the brutality that was war. His epitaph was spoken best by the great ace McCudden V.C who said: "If ever you saw a single fighter, fighting like hell amongst a crowd of Germans over the front lines in 1917, then that was Rhys-Davids".

Paul Davies
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Brief Glory: The Life of Arthur Rhys Davids DSO MC by Alex Revell (Hardcover - 18 Mar 2010)
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