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GEORGES

GUYNEMER

KNIGHT OF THE AIR

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH
By LOUISE MORGAN SILL

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Published1918

(Complete with additional biographical detail and photos not in the original book)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Prologue

CANTO I: CHILDHOOD

  • The Guynemers
  • Home and College
  • The Departure

CANTO II: LAUNCHED INTO SPACE

  • The First Victory
  • From the Aisne to Verdun
  • "La Terre a vu jadis errer des Paladins"
  • On the Somme (June, 1916, to February, 1917)

CANTO III: AT THE ZENITH

  • On the 25th of May, 1917
  • A Visit to Guynemer
  • Guynemer in Camp
  • Guynemer at Home
  • The Magic Machine

CANTO IV: THE ASCENSION

  • The Battle of Flanders
  • Omens
  • The Last Flight
  • The Vigil
  • The Legend
  • In the Panthéon

Envoi

Appendix: Genealogy of Georges Guynemer


This book details the short life and dazzling career of Georges Marie Ludovic Jules Guynemer, revered by the people of France as the veteran of over 600 air combats. Twice wounded and awarded 26 citations, the recipient of the highest honours for gallantry France could bestow, his official victory total is 53 but it has been suggested that the true figure is nearer 100.

His monument stands proudly in the city of his birth, outside 26 Boulevard Victor HQ Armee de l'Air, and in the crypt of the Pantheon of Paris an inscribed marble plaque bearing the name of Georges Guynemer and the insignia of the Legion d'Honneur reads:
"Fallen in the field of honour on September 11th 1917 - a legendary hero, fallen in glory from the sky after three years of fierce struggle. He will remain the purest symbol of the qualities of his race, indomitable tenacity, ferocious energy, sublime courage; animated by the most resolute faith in victory he bequeaths to the French soldier an imperishable memory which will exalt the spirit of sacrifice"


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