CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 6 CHAPTER ONE THE PIONEERS 1908-1912 12 CHAPTER TWO FLYING FEVER 1912-1914 36 CHAPTER THREE LUCKY DEVILS 1914-1915 54 CHAPTER FOUR ABOVE THE FRAY 1915 74 CHAPTER FIVE DUST AND DYSENTERY 1915 98 CHAPTER SIX AIRMEN FOR THE EMPIRE 122 CHAPTER SEVEN BASHED INTO SHAPE 150 CHAPTER EIGHT DEATH FROM ABOVE 1916 174 CHAPTER NINE FIRE IN THE SKY 1916 204 CHAPTER TEN BLOODY APRIL 1917 232 CHAPTER ELEVEN THE SUPREME SACRIFICE 1917 260 CHAPTER TWELVE A BIGGER ENDEAVOUR 1917 286 CHAPTER THIRTEEN THE 'GREATEST SHOW EVER SEEN' 1918 316 CHAPTER FOURTEEN SPRING OFFENSIVE 1918 334 CHAPTER FIFTEEN SEA ASSAULT 1918 360 CHAPTER SIXTEEN ONE HUNDRED DAYS 1918 386 CONCLUSION 414 ROLL OF HONOUR AND MAPS 428 NOTES 438 SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 480 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 484 INDEX 488
Adam Claasen is a senior lecturer in history at Massey University's Albany campus. Adam's teaching and research is focused on the New Zealand military experience, German history, the Second World War in Europe and the relationship between film and history. He has received a Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, was the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, and has been presented with a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching. His doctoral thesis was published as Hitler's Northern War: the Luftwaffe's Ill-fated Campaign, 1940-1945 (Kansas UP, 2001). More recently he has written on the part played by New Zealand and Australian airmen in the Battle of Britain: Dogfight: the Battle of Britain (Exisle 2011). He has presented conference papers and published articles in scholarly journals on military intelligence, the Luftwaffe, general airpower and geo-strategy in war.
'Fearless is not a dry history about the planes and their parts. Rather, it combines the military and political scene with the stories of individuals. We learn the stories of the early pioneers, the political activists, the daring adventurers. It is here - in the stories of the passion and persistence of some of these young men who were determined to fly into war -that I found the greatest interest. Their stories are detailed, lively and often humorous.' - Booksellers NZ; 'Meticulously researched, this is a first-rate contribution to the aviation literature of the First World War' - Alex Spencer, National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC; 'It's a wonderful book - one that risks inducing a Peter Jackson-sized enthusiasm for the biplane era' - Russell Baillie, NZ Listener; 'It's an extraordinary work of scholarship' - Joan Mackenzie, Whitcoulls