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High Adventure A Narrative of Air Fighting in France

High Adventure A Narrative of Air Fighting in France by

High Adventure: A Narrative of Air Fighting in France by is a gripping account of one man's experiences during World War I. The author's vivid and visceral descriptions bring the reader right into the cockpit of the fighter planes, experiencing the intense adrenaline and danger of aerial combat.

What sets this book apart is its authenticity and attention to detail. The author clearly has a deep knowledge and passion for aviation, which shines through in the writing. From the technical aspects of flying and fighting in the air to the camaraderie and hardships faced by the pilots, every aspect is explored with insight and empathy.

The narrative is fast-paced and engaging, drawing the reader in from the very first page. The author's skillful storytelling keeps the tension high and the stakes constantly rising, making it difficult to put the book down.

Overall, High Adventure is a thrilling and immersive read that offers a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of wartime aviation. Whether you're a history buff, a fan of aviation, or simply looking for a compelling story, this book is sure to satisfy. Highly recommended.

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High Adventure A Narrative of Air Fighting in France by James Norman Hall; you will find this book although an exciting narrative has an unpolished feel because it was published in June of 1918 while Mr. Hall was a captive in a German POW camp. When he was captured behind enemy lines, the book was still a work in progress. The Armistice would not be reached until November of that year.

Although he does not mention it in this book, Mr. Hall had already served the better part of 15 months with the British Expeditionary Forces, surviving the battle of Loos in Sept – Oct 1915, and upon which his excellent work “Kitchener’s” Mob is Based.

The US did not enter the war until April 1917, and Hall had already served nearly three years as an American with British and French forces, as a machine gunner with the British, and as a pilot in the Lafayette Escadrille.

Pilot training in the French Air Corps was primarily a matter of survival. Visualize if you will, a class of “Penguins”, aircraft with wings too short for flight scurrying about the airfield as student pilots learn to control these machines with no instructor on board, and for that matter in Mr. Halls case there was never an instructor on board. Their solo flight was their first flight. They learned by doing.

The sheer joy and wonder of man’s early experience of leaving the bounds of Earth in an aircraft coupled with the danger and excitement of air combat made “High Adventure” such a good read, I completed the narration ahead of schedule, because I couldn’t put it down.

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