Item description for JULIUS BUCKLER: MALAULA! THE BATTLE CRY OF JASTA 17 by Norman Franks...
This important work was first published in German in late 1939, no doubt timed to impress the young Luftwaffe fighter pilots who were embarking on the second major air war in history.
Buckler initially served with the army when the Great War began, until he was wounded and moved to the air service to train as a pilot. Following a baptism of fire flying two-seat reconnaissance missions over France, he became a fighter pilot, joining Jasta 17 in late 1916. Despite receiving several more wounds, he continued in action, finally being awarded the highest decoration of the Pour le Me'rite, and ending the war with 36 victories over British and French aircraft. Not so much a war diary, his book is more a collection of memories told in a refreshing and entertaining manner.
Renowned air historian Norman Franks has placed these in context and added accurate and authenticated details of what Buckler achieved. However, the fighter ace's original words remain largely unchanged, and Adam Wait's expert translation gives a valuable insight into what it was like to fly over the Western Front from the other side of the line.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1904943802 ISBN13 9781904943808
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More About Norman Franks
Norman Franks lives in East Sussex and is a recognised authority on both World War 1 and World War 2 aviation history. With around 80 published works on his subject, he has written many titles for Osprey.
Reviews - What do customers think about JULIUS BUCKLER: MALAULA! THE BATTLE CRY OF JASTA 17?
Malula! Review Feb 13, 2008
This volume was writen by Buckler many years after the fact and without the benefit of a diary or records. It is a collection of ancedotes that do not always jibe with historical fact. Commentary in the book is helpful as it confirms or takes issue with claims of the original author. This book was something other than what I was hoping to get but will be a nice addition to my WWI aviation library none the less. mjc
A real look at Jasta people Nov 8, 2007
Wonderful comparison between historian and a middle aged piolet's memories. Norman Franks's factual insertions to Buckler's story gives the reader a chance to understand how facts can get in the way of a good story, however it is a good antibotic for runaway romance. But, it raises some questions about both tyes of history. Life is not perfect and neither are rechords or memories. A good read!