Fire-Step to Fokker Fodder: From the Trenches to the Red Baron: The First World War Diaries of William "Jack" Lidsey.

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Author: Golda Eldridge
Date: Winter 2020
From: Air Power History(Vol. 67, Issue 4)
Publisher: Air Force Historical Foundation
Document Type: Article
Length: 724 words
Lexile Measure: 1130L

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Fire-Step to Fokker Fodder: From the Trenches to the Red Baron: The First World War Diaries of William "Jack" Lidsey. By Andrew White. Stotfold UK: Fighting High, 2019. Maps. Photographs. Notes. Index. Pp. vii, 190. $34.95. ISBN: 978-1-9998128-7-4

This book recounts the journey of one young Englishman from public school, through the trenches of the Somme, to the bloody skies above that dismal battlefield. It is built around the diaries of Jack Lidsey and covers his service as an infantryman and Royal Flying Corps (RFC) observer, ending just before his death at the hands of the Red Baron. His timing could not have been worse; he volunteered for the RFC in the months just prior to Bloody April 1917, the period of the RFC's greatest losses of the entire war. It was his great misfortune to become von Richthofen's 29th victim (KIA in a B.E.2e on 21 March 1917).

White is a military man versus a trained historian and wrote Lidsey's story because of their shared school history. As a boy, he had been intrigued by the four large wooden crosses...

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