Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917

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As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment, and maneuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school—as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of "Bloody April" the RFC ...

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Overview

As the Allies embarked upon the Battle of Arras, they desperately needed accurate aerial reconnaissance photographs. But by this point the Royal Flying Club were flying obsolete planes. The new German Albatros scouts massively outclassed them in every respect: speed, armament, ability to withstand punishment, and maneuverability. Many of the RFC's pilots were straight out of flying school—as they took to the air they were sitting targets for the experienced German aces. Over the course of "Bloody April" the RFC suffered casualties of over a third. The average life expectancy of a new subaltern on the front line dropped to just eleven days. And yet they carried on flying, day after day, in the knowledge that, in the eyes of their commanders at least, their own lives meant nothing compared to the photographs they brought back, which could save tens of thousands of soldiers on the ground. In this book Peter Hart tells the story of the air war over Arras, using the voices of the men who were actually there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304367191
  • Publisher: Cassell Military
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 426,681

Meet the Author

Peter Hart went to Liverpool University before joining the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in 1981. He is now Oral Historian at the Archive.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    This was a very well written book.  The amount of personal infor

    This was a very well written book.  The amount of personal information included is what makes this book great.  The personal narratives of the actual men who flew in these amazing aircraft is very insightful.

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