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WW1 Booth at Homeschool Conference

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WW1 Booth at Homeschool Conference

All in all, we can report the younger generation is eager to learn more about WWI, and we encourage all our readers to get busy teaching them!

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Now Entering the Final Year of the First Air War

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Now Entering the Final Year of the First Air War

Meanwhile, the Germans would concentrate more on training and also would be fighting more defensively, conserving their aircraft and pilots. By the fall of 1918, the fortunes of German ground forces would be declining, but the German air force would have some of its best months of the war.

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Nazgul, Defence of London, Aerobatics, and Air Forces - Part II

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Nazgul, Defence of London, Aerobatics, and Air Forces - Part II

The End of Aerial Duels Last week’s post explained how the summer 1917 Gotha attacks on London caused Arthur Gould Lee’s squadron to be in England. Though they didn't get to fight any Gothas, they comforted the population while developing their skills at formation flying. The practice in formation flying was itself the beginning of a major change. The period that WWI aviation is best remembered for was the aerial fighting in 1916 and 1917: “when enemies in the air could fight without mercy but without hate, could even respect and admire each other’s skill and valour.” But when, on the formation of...

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Nazgul, Defence of London, Aerobatics, and Air Forces

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Nazgul, Defence of London, Aerobatics, and Air Forces

Attack in the Third Dimension But now wheeling swiftly across [the river], like shadows of untimely night, he saw in the middle airs below him five birdlike forms, horrible as carrion-fowl yet greater than eagles, cruel as death. Now they swooped near, venturing almost within bowshot of the walls, now they circled away. But now the dark swooping shadows were aware of [Gandalf]. One whirled towards him; but it seemed to Pippin that he raised his hand, and from it a shaft of white light stabbed upwards. The Nazgul gave a long wailing cry and swerved away; and with that...

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