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Whitestreak08 May 2021 2:29 p.m. PST

Are there any well received histories of WWI that are fairly recent?

I'd like to find something newer than books published in the 1970s or earlier, which is is all that is available at my local library.

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2021 6:36 p.m. PST

I would suggest you go on Amazon and look for books by Norman Franks. He has done some great combat histories that use tha latest research.

Mark

Cattle Dog08 May 2021 8:41 p.m. PST

G'day Call sign "Whitestreak", you could try the Australian War Memorial web site and look for "the Official History of The 1st AIF volume VIII The Australian Flying Corps 1914 – 1918" Fred Cutlack 1923. The entire series were available on line. Hope this is of use? It has been a long time since I read my copy. Regards Allan

ohttps://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG1069925/

thedrake10 May 2021 8:03 a.m. PST

Second Norman Franks.

Whitestreak10 May 2021 4:26 p.m. PST

Local library doesn't have any copies of Norman Franks' works, but ILL has some available, so I requested a couple.

Thanks, Allan, for the pointer to the Australian War Memorial web site. I reckon I'll be cruising around that for a time

Blutarski23 Jun 2021 4:39 p.m. PST

If this thread is still alive

I recommend a visit to the Aerodrome Forum
Go here theaerodrome.com/forum

It has been around for a long, long time and is the meeting place for a great group of serious and very well informed WW1 aero buffs and researchers.

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As for books, I have found the following to be of value and interest

"Julius Buckler MALAULA! The Battle Cry of Jasta 17"
Translation by Adam M Wait; edited by Norman Franks

"Camel Drivers The 17th Aero Squadron in World War 1"
by Otis Lowell Reed and George Roland

"Royal Air Force 1918"
Edited by Christopher Cole

"Dog-Fight Aerial Tactics of th Aces of World War 1"
by Norman Franks

"High in the Empty Blue The History of 56 Squadron RFC RAF 1916-1919"
by Alex Revell

"Gunning for the Red Baron"
by Leon Bennett
Note Far more technical than the title suggests.

"Who Downed the Aces in WW1?"
by Norman Franks

"Fighter Pilot on the Western Front"
by Wing Commander E D Crundall, DFC, AFC

"The Storks The Story of France's Elite Fighter Groupe de Combat 12 (Les Cicognes) in WW1"
by Norman Franks and Frank Bailey

"Bloody April … Black September An Exciting and Detailed Analysis of the Two Deadliest Months in the Air in World War One"
by Norman Franks, Russell Guest and Frank Bailey

"Wings of War An Airman's Diary of the Last Year of World War 1"
by Rudolf Stark

"The Vivid air The Lafayette Escadrille"
by Philip M Flammer

"German Air Power in World War 1"
by John H Morrow Jr

"Air War Flanders 1918"
by Robert Jackson

"Jasta Boelcke The History of Jasta 2, 1916-1918"
by Norman Franks

"Hermann Goring, Fighter Ace The World War 1 Career of Germany's Most Infamous Airman"
by Peter Kilduff


FWIW.

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