By Alan Clark
First released in 1973, this can be an account of these forbidden to hold parachutes; they lived in dread of being shot down in flames; their lifestyles expectancy used to be measured in days...
But those have been the flyers who grew to become legends of their personal life-times - Albert Ball, Manfred von Richthofen, Mick Mannock, Rene Fonck, Georges Guynemer.
Aces excessive is the brilliant chronicle of aerial struggle in the course of 5 turbulent years.
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The philosophers, however, did come across soldiers. Their attitudes to the members of the army who protected them were marked by alienation, contempt, and fear. They considered that the life of a soldier was one of discipline, toil, and risk. As Epictetus (ad c. 55–c. 32). Yet these were just the features which a philosopher claimed distinguished his own life. For example, Dio Chrysostom (ad c. 40–c. 112) repeatedly stressed the philosopher’s need for discipline, and boasted of his own courage and the tribulations he had suffered in exile.
In other words, Greeks and Romans frequently used ideas connected to war to understand the world and their place in it. War was used to structure their thoughts on other topics, such as culture, gender, and the individual. War was pervasive in classical thought. Culture When Greeks and Romans thought about ‘eastern’ cultures, and by reﬂection their own culture, they often did so in terms of warfare. This pattern of thinking was not conﬁned to delineating the oriental. It was a universal practice, although the range of other cultures imagined was limited.
Soldiers, indeed, subject to all the stricter discipline, that we are subject to so great a general [Christ]’ (On Exhortation to Chastity, 12). 73). The general change from cremation to inhumation under the Roman empire in the 2nd century ad caused a boom in the production of stone sarcophagi (literally ‘ﬂesh-eaters’). Among the types of relief sculptures that decorated these were the ‘battle scene’, in which Romans (or Greeks) fought barbarians, and the ‘clementia scene’, in which a Roman general accepted the surrender of barbarians (and thus was exercising his clemency).
Aces High: The War in the Air Over the Western Front 1914-18 by Alan Clark