Marked for Death

  • by James Hamilton-Paterson
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A dramatic and fascinating account of aerial combat during World War I, revealing the terrible risks taken by the men who fought and died in the world's first war in the air.
Little more than 10 years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. Nearly forgotten in the war's massive overall death toll, some 50,000 aircrew would die in the combatant nations' fledgling air forces. The romance of aviation had a remarkable grip on the public imagination, propaganda focusing on gallant air "aces" who become national heroes. The reality was horribly different. Marked for Death debunks popular myth to explore the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy planes and unprotected pilots; of burning, screaming 19-year-olds falling to their deaths; of pilots blinded by the entrails of their observers.
James Hamilton-Paterson also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves, and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success, a realization that would change the nature of warfare forever.


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I have read and listened to many books on WW1 aviation. This was arranged topically rather than chronologically. I learned a lot that I didn't know before. The narrator was very good also.
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- Amazon Customer

From one military aviator to another - outstanding

Great story line with narration and organization that is outstanding.
Many lesson learned then are still used today in modern combat, but also many lesson learned then are ignored and we are still repeating them today.
Great history for all and even better for a military pilot.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.