SIGNED WITH THEIR HONOUR: THE STORY OF CHIVALRY IN AIR WARFARE 1914-45.

Meijering, Piet Hein.


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Edinburgh, 1st ed., 1987. 185 pp., 27 photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The age of chivalry was thought to be long past when there was a notable revival of that noble tradition in the Great War and even in World War II. The early pilots in particular tended to see themselves as modern knights, fighting fair duels with honoured adversaries, to whom they owed and showed much courtesy. This phenomenon has been touched upon by many writers but always as incidental to their main theme and not always with much regard for the actual facts. Quoting numerous contemporary sources and anecdotes, the author explains why the conditions of war favoured chivalry amongst the Knights of the Air. Intriguing and thought-provoking.


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