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  • Sagittarius Rising...

    Just having a re-read of this book after it's stood for donkey's years on the bookshelf. Once again, within the first couple of pages, I'm transported back to a lost world...
    it's like finding out all over again why you became obsessed with the intrepid airmen of the Great War.

    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

  • #2
    To me, reading about the Great War is overwhelming in scale, deaths and sheer magnitude. No matter what side they fought on, one can only admire the bravery, tenacity and endurance of those who fought on the front lines day after day.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    • #3
      Then there's Winged Victory, by V.M Yeates
      "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
      Samuel Johnson.

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      • #4
        That's another gem, do you have a copy of 'Winged Victor', B. It's written by one of Yeates's descendants. In it he identifies the real people behind the characters in 'Winged Victory', there's also a couple of chapters that were omitted from the original book...
        well worth adding to yer collection.

        The long toll of the brave
        Is not lost in darkness
        Over the fruitful earth
        And athwart the seas
        Hath passed the light of noble deeds
        Unquenchable forever.

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        • #5
          I certainly do. An essential companion book to Winged Victory. I agree with the publisher that the omitted chapters were probably superfluous. It's reassauring that the cover of Atkin's book carries an authentic picture of Yeates' ("Cundall's") Camel, for the first time.
          "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
          Samuel Johnson.

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          • #6
            Yep, I once had a copy of an with an SE5 on the dust jacket! Once I've finished Lewis's book I shall be giving 'Winged Victory' a go.
            The long toll of the brave
            Is not lost in darkness
            Over the fruitful earth
            And athwart the seas
            Hath passed the light of noble deeds
            Unquenchable forever.

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            • #7
              subscribe to and watch The Great War from 1914 1918

              https://www.youtube.com/c/TheGreatWa...dd&shelf_id=19
              Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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              • #8
                Why oh why couldn't some publisher do a reprint of Sagittarius Rising or Wind in the Wire which seem to be the air-war classic equivalents of "All's Quiet on the Western Front"?

                Winged Victory and No Parachute by Arthur Gould Lee were both fairly recent reprints which put them at a reasonable price point around $20 cdn. Who's going to pay well over a $100 for a used copy of Sagittarius Rising? Not me.

                Luckily for me some first-hand-accounts/memoirs were available through inter-library loans and on-line. Off the top of my head those include Flying Fury, Winged Warfare, RFC HQ (Maurice Baring), No. 60 Squadron History, Air of Battle, Horses Don't Fly, Letters from a War Bird, Tiger Squadron, Mannick's (can't remember title) etc.

                Von guess which one I enjoyed the most so far? (and its not the one you may initially think)

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                • #9
                  Flying Fury.


                  The long toll of the brave
                  Is not lost in darkness
                  Over the fruitful earth
                  And athwart the seas
                  Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                  Unquenchable forever.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                    Flying Fury.


                    Nope (but still a good read).

                    Air of Battle by William Fry.

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                    • #11
                      Excellent book C. I just had a look to place my copy in the 'to be re-read pile' and can't find it...
                      another victim of the recent move to the seaside!

                      The long toll of the brave
                      Is not lost in darkness
                      Over the fruitful earth
                      And athwart the seas
                      Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                      Unquenchable forever.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
                        That's another gem, do you have a copy of 'Winged Victor', B. It's written by one of Yeates's descendants. In it he identifies the real people behind the characters in 'Winged Victory', there's also a couple of chapters that were omitted from the original book...
                        well worth adding to yer collection.

                        I do have this one in my library - great read!

                        After watching a recent documentary on the lost ships of Jutland, and the altering of recorded history by Jellicoe's descendant who proved Beatty lied in his post-battle reports, I'm now going through my library for my naval warfare books!
                        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                        • #13
                          My favourite piccy from 'Flying Fury'...
                          'The death of Greentail!'.

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                          The long toll of the brave
                          Is not lost in darkness
                          Over the fruitful earth
                          And athwart the seas
                          Hath passed the light of noble deeds
                          Unquenchable forever.

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