R.F.C., H.Q., 1914 - 1918

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This is an amazing book about the Royal Flying Corps Headquarters during the First World War, which led it to become an independent arm ( April 1st, 1918 ), known today as the Royal Air Force.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( rounded spine binding )
Special features First edition, Insert, Dedicated copy
Condition Acceptable
Number of pages 315
Published date 1920
Languages English
Size 13 x 19 x 4 cm
Author Maurice Baring
Editor G. Bell and Sons Ltd.

Description

CHAPTER I

" ALSO DOCH ! "

May - August, 1914.

 

In May, 1914, I was travelling in Russia with a Russian friend of mine. When we reached Warsaw station, where you not only used to change, but where the railway itself continued on a different gauge, my friend talked of the military and strategical causes of this change of gauge, of further railway changes that were contemplated, and from this the talk veered to the European situation.

 

We talked of the Entente, of the Balkan situation, of the Russian army, of the German army, of the policy of the German Government, and my friend developed at some length his views on the European situation, and as to what would happen in the immediate future in the Balkans and elsewhere.

 

At one moment I interrupted him and said : " But if you are right in your diagnosis of the situation a European war is inevitable. "

 

" I think there will be a European war, " my friend answered, " this year. " ( ... )

 

Excerpt from page No. 3.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Maurice Baring

Maurice Baring O.B.E. ( April 27th, 1874 - December 14th, 1945 ) was born in Mayfair ( London, England ). He was educated at Eton College ( Berkshire, England ) and Trinity College ( Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England ). 


After an abortive start of a diplomatic career, he travelled widely, particularly in Russia. He reported as an eye - witness of the Russo - Japanese War for the London Morning Post


At the start of the First World War, he joined the Royal Flying Corps, where he served as assistant to David Henderson ( 1862 - 1921 ) and Hugh Trenchard ( 1873 - 1956 ) in France. In 1918, Maurice Baring served as a staff officer in the Royal Air Force and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 Birthday Honours. 


After the war he enjoyed a period of success as a dramatist, and began to write novels. Maurice Baring suffered from chronic illness during the last years of his life ; for the final 15 years of his life, he was debilitated by Parkinson's disease. 


Here are some of his publications : The Black Prince and Other Poems ( 1903 ), The Mainsprings of Russia ( 1914 ), The Puppet Show of Memory ( 1922 ), In My End is My Beginning ( 1931 ), Have You Anything to Declare ? ( 1936 ). 


( source : Wikipedia )

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