New PDF release: No Parachute: A Fighter Pilot in World War I

By Arthur Gould Lee

'NO PARACHUTE' is an exhilarating locate, a uniquely actual choice of letters written via this sort of unknowns, a tender pilot with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) established in France in 1917. Following scorching at the occasion, he recreates breathless dogfights among Sopwith doggies and Albatros opponents, the eerie sensation of flying at hedgerow point in a Sopwith Camel, the sour chilly of excessive altitudes in an open cockpit, the panic of engine failure at the back of enemy traces ... all in all, one of the such a lot bright anecdotes of air struggling with to come back out of the 1st international warfare.

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The tiny 3rd (West) Virginia Cavalry, only one squadron strong, was in mounted reserve behind the 3rd Indiana Cavalry. The last regiment of McClure’s brigade, the 8th Illinois Cavalry, was detached with Buford. There was no place along this line to deploy the Union artillery. qxd:Layout 1 23/6/08 10:22 Page 47 metal. Another pair of guns, from Vincent’s Battery, was in reserve to the rear. Soon after the repulse of the 6th Pennsylvania and 6th US cavalry the Confederates began to test the strength of Devin’s position on both sides of the ford road.

He had not stationed vedettes on the north bank of the Rappahannock at either Beverly or Kelly’s fords. Far worse was the unorthodox location of the camp of the horse artillery battalion of his division. Apart from the few pickets at the ford itself, the battalion was the closest unit in the cavalry division to the enemy and it was camped only a mile and a half from the ford. But Stuart responded rapidly and efficiently to the sound of the gunfire to the north. qxd:Layout 1 23/6/08 10:15 Page 35 from General Jones, gasping out that Union troops had crossed Beverly Ford in force.

James plateau. Hundreds of sabers “gleamed and flashed in the morning sun” while hundreds of white puffs of smoke from firearms rose to the sky, one observer noted. ” Ultimately, the Confederate horsemen fell back and formed a line next to the guns on the Gee House ridge. By now Buford had other troops to call on, and he hurried them into position. Two infantry regiments of Ames’s Brigade tramped up the road from the ford. Buford placed them on the southern tree line: the 124th New York Infantry just west of the road, the 86th New York Infantry east of it.

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