Diaries of of Two Canadian Airmen.

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Diaries of of Two Canadian Airmen.

Berichtdoor Tandorini » 19 jul 2009, 21:06

Brereton Greenhous, A Rattle of Pebbles. The First World War Diaries of Two Canadian Airmen

Canadian airmen served in the British flying services during the Great War of 1914-1918 in surprisingly large numbers, and in virtu-ally every theatre of war. The official history of the Royal Canadian Air Force describes their contribution in some detail. In the course of preparing Volume I of that history, Canadian Airmen and the First World War, S.F. Wise and the historians working with him discovered a wealth of information about these pioneers of Cana-dian aviation, both by meeting them and by uncovering many dia-ries, letters, logbooks and photographs. Such sources tell us enough about the period, and about the people who participated in the great events of the time, to deserve wider dissemination, and I am pleased that the opportunity has now arisen to publish two diaries of unusual interest.

Don Brophy and Harold Price not only served in different thea-tres of war, where warfare took rather different forms, but the two men had very different backgrounds and personalities. They reflect something of the diversity in the remarkable generation that went to war in 1914, and their testament complements usefully other his-torical accounts of the first war in the air.

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