Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.
This is an important and original contribution to our understanding of the First World War. It uses the first-hand experience of those who fought in the Royal Navy and the Air Services to examine key issues of moral and motivation, and highlights the way that this experience often differed sharply from that of the army, which has hitherto attracted the lion's share of the scholarly effort. --Professor Richard Holmes CBE
"Maryam Philpott has produced a stimulating book which suggests many lines for further research...Philpott is to be commended for [two] major achievements with this work..she has displayed a mastery of a broad range of complex supporting literature" - --Jonathan Boff, The Mariner's Mirror