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Victor Chapman's Letters From France, With Memoir By John Jay Chapman.

Length: 140 pages3 hours


As the First World War ground into its third year in 1916, America still remained uncommitted to intervention in what some in that nation regarded as a purely European affair. This was not the course pursued by many American men, having enlisted in the British, Canadian, and French ranks since the start of the war. The Lafayette Escadrille, or American Squadron, was formed in 1916 from French and American aviators and would grow in fame and victories throughout its two year existence.

Victor Chapman enlisted in the French Foreign legion in 1914, as soon as he possibly could; however, he would transfer after much rough soldiering to the French air arm. As a founding member of the famous squadron, one of the Valiant 38, Victor Chapman flew some of the most dangerous missions of all the French pilots as they sought to establish their reputation. The toll of danger never affected his unflappably high spirits, but his luck ran out in June 1916 over the skies of Verdun. His letters are filled with his and his fellow pilots exploits, written in fine style and with great detail.

Highly recommended.

Author — Chapman, Victor Emmanuel, 1890-1916.

Editor — Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933.

Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in New York, The Macmillan company, 1917.

Original Page Count – 198 pages.

Illustrations – 8 Illustrations.

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