Title: The Story of the Lafayette EscadrilleThe STory of the Lafayette Excadrille
Author: R. Conrad Stein
Illustrator: Len W. Meents
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

When World War I began, the field of aviation was still a new one – and the use of planes in warfare was completely undeveloped. But that was all to change in the years to come.

First, planes were used to spy on enemy encampments and discover the lay of the land. It wasn’t until several of these pilots began taking along guns and slugging it out in the air that the idea was developed to use planes not merely for reconnaissance, but for actual warfare. Machine guns were soon installed in both armies’ planes and – voila! Dogfights were born.

France was involved in WWI long before America declared war. But individual Americans had been fighting in the war for months in the form of the Lafayette Escadrille, a special squadron of the French army which was notorious for its pluck and successes. Although some of its members died, it was considered one of the finest aviation units in the war.

Many of these men’s stories are told in the pages of this book – but you’ll have to buy it to read them!

Conclusion. Aviation-loving kids will eat this up.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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