Bristol F 2 Fighter Aces of WW1 by Jon Guttman

By Jon Guttman

This is often the background of the simplest Allied fighter-destroyer of worldwide struggle 1 and the pilots who flew it. Nicknamed "Biff" by way of the pilots, the Bristol F2 Fighter loved notable good fortune over the Western entrance within the ultimate 18 months of the struggle. despite the fact that, it had an inauspicious debut, as a whole flight of F2As was once burnt up by means of von Richthofen's Jasta eleven. a brand new better F2B was once quickly brought to front which functioned in a wholly various demeanour. The crews operated the aircraft now not as a typical two-seater, yet as a single-seat with a "sting within the tail" within the kind of a rear gunner with a Lewis desktop gun. various ace groups earned the "Biff" grudging appreciate from its German rivals. This publication charts the improvement of the airplane from its unpromising beginnings to the revised version working with a brand new form of strategies. additionally, the varied first-hand debts and strive against reviews provide a desirable perception into the studies of the pilots themselves.

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Because of the climate and the difficulty in replacing the heavy casualties in officers and men, the British high command decided to send the Indian 42 B P E R S O N A L P E R S P E C T I V E S : W O R L D WA R I forces to the Middle East, a place that was thought to be more welcoming both in culture and in climate. Wounded Indian soldiers could be shipped back to India proper for treatment. It would relieve the pressure on the Indians, and perhaps also relieve the pressures on the British of being properly regal for their subjects.

General Willcocks, the commander of the Indian corps, reported to Sir John French, the British Expeditionary Force’s head, that “The condition, health and spirit of Indian troops now in France is excellent, and all are eager for the war” (Greenhut 1983, 62). Desperate to hold the line against the Germans, the British high command immediately thrust them into the line around Saint Omer. They reached their positions in the trenches in October 1914 and were thrown into the fighting. The war was far different from the frontier wars they were The Experience of British Indians in World War I B 33 Indian troops marching through France, 1914.

After receiving no satisfactory answer, he found himself a revolver The Experience of British Indians in World War I B 41 and went to kill the commander of the hospital. He was stopped before he could do so, however, and sent to prison for seven years (Visram 1989, 22). Yet Godbole was not the only one to be enraged at the double standards the British employed. Another sepoy wrote, We took no oath in Europe. We have crossed the seven seas and left our homes and our dear ones and our parents, and for the honor of such an unjust and false-promising King.

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