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3.0 out of 5 stars Basically a series of memoirs and letters strung together, 25 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Aces Falling: War Above The Trenches, 1918 (Paperback)
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 concentrates on the stories and comments of the ordinarly aircrew, presumably as these are available through Peter's work at the Imperial War Museum.

These tend to have a certain repetitivenes "Huns diving out the sun, windscreens shattered by bullets etc" and after the first few, dont give a huge amount of insight.

One large gap in this book is any background information or statistics. Lots of different types of aircraft are mentioned but there is no technical glossary and even what they looked like is often not clear as only a handful are illustrated in the photos. An Appendix listing aircraft types and their capabilities would have been very useful and added to the book significantly.

There was also none of the background information which make Martin Middlebrook's books so compelling, eg squadron loss and kill rates, even a table of the highest scoring aces would have been of interest.

Overall just about worth it but not up to the standard of his Somme book which is excellent.
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