A tragic episode of aerial warfare. One of the stories of the German airship which attempted to terrorize the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
|Book cover finish
||Autographed copy, Dust jacket
||Used very good
|Number of pages
||20.32 x 12.7 x 2.286 cm
||White Lion Publishers
The 'blitz' on London and other great cities is now a familiar and tragic episode of aerial warfare. Not so familiar, except for readers of an older generation, is the strange, dramatic and what seems in these days the somewhat ludicrous story of the first air raids in history. Kenneth Poolman, already the author of many fine books on the sea, has found an equally stirring subject in the story of the German airships which attempted to terrorize London and the part played by the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service in defeating the raiders. This is a finely told record of London under fire and of how a few young daredevil airmen in primitive airplanes saved the capital. Written with authority and fully documented, this book gives the first complete picture from the enemy side as well as our own of the epic duel between the huge powered balloon, a lighter-than-air leviathan, and the primitive clumsy aircraft with pilots who fought from open cockpits. Readers of great Second World War books like 'The Dam Busters' and 'Cheshire V.C' will find equal excitement in the heroism of Leefe Robinson V.C, Sowrey Cadbury and many others who became the popular idols of grateful public. Marshal of the R.A.F, Sir John Slessor who was himself one of the gallant band of anti-Zeppelin aviators, has written a Foreword to this authoritative book.