30 Following


Currently reading

Gabriela, Cravo e Canela
Jorge Amado
Progress: 157/358 pages
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
T.E. Lawrence
Progress: 189/672 pages
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin
Progress: 41/608 pages
Peter the Great
Robert K. Massie
Progress: 472/934 pages
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge
Charles B. MacDonald
Progress: 191/712 pages
The German Army 1933-1945
Matthew Cooper
Progress: 198/598 pages
Corporal Hitler and the Great War 1914-1918: The List Regiment
John F Williams
Progress: 22/238 pages
FLYING IN FLANDERS - Willy Coppens Here in this book, first published in 1931 and revised 40 years later, the author, Willy Coppens de Houthulst, relates his First World War experiences as a pilot in the Belgian Flying Corps during 1917 and 1918.

Among the Allied nations, Belgium (which had been largely overrun by the Germans in 1914) punched above its weight in terms of the fighting quality of its rank and file. Men such as Willy Coppens, who made a specialty of attacking German observation balloons over the frontlines, which served to direct artillery fire onto Allied troops and were highly protected by batteries of anti-aircraft and machine guns, making them extremely dangerous to air attack.

Coppens finished the war with 37 victories (35 of which were the German "Drachen" or observation balloons) and a grevious wound. Notwithstanding that, he went on to serve his country in the Second World War and lived well into the 1980s.