High Adventure

A Narrative of Air Fighting in France

Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,590 / 140 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.3
LoC Category: CT
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Downloads: 1,446
Added to site: 2008.02.11
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Origin: gutenberg.org

The author of Kitchener's Mob has enlisted in the English flying service, and gives a lively and graphic account of the most picturesque branch of military service.

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room there were little groups of two and three, chatting together in combinations of Franco-American which must have caused all deceased professors of modern languages to spin like midges in their graves. And throughout all this before-supper merriment, one could catch the feeling of good-comradeship which, so far as my experience goes, is always prevalent whenever Frenchmen and Americans are gathered together.

At the ordinaire, at supper-time, we saw all of the élève-pilotes of the school, with the exception of the non-commissioned officers, who have their own mess. To Drew and me, but newly come from remote America, it was a most interesting gathering. There were about one hundred and twenty-five in all, including eighteen Americans. The large majority of the Frenchmen had already been at the front in other branches of army service. There were artillerymen, infantrymen, marines,--in training for the naval air-service,--cavalrymen, all wearing the uniforms of the arm to


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R Stephan

One must be positively crazy to decide to learn to fly in airplanes of 1910, without any knowledge of the matter, and take this within one year or a bit more to near perfection, doing acrobatics, just to be able to fight on the front. This is the story of those crazies, told quite well by one of them. A pity he was captured before the end of war.

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