Black Arrows Blue Diamond: Leading the Legendary RAF Flying by Brian Mercer

By Brian Mercer

Brian Mercer is likely one of the most eminent post-war RAF fighter pilots and during this eminently readable autobiography he recaptures lifestyles because it used to be within the days of transition from flying piston-powered airplane to jet energy. His flying and management talents ended in a protracted organization with what used to be then regarded as the best aerobatic reveal staff on the planet - Treble One Squardron’s ‘Black Arrows’. Flying the based black Hawker Hunters in huge formation monitors was once no effortless activity and the writer explains in nice aspect how their mythical precision was once accomplished, revealing many intriguing incidents en path. whilst Treble One’s Hunters have been changed with the supersonic Lightining fighter, it quickly turned transparent that those superfast plane weren't suited for close-up demonstrate flying. Brian was once then requested to shape a brand new RAF demonstrate workforce and proceed with Hunters. This was once to develop into the No. ninety two Squadron’s Blue Diamonds’, who inherited the celebrity position. confronted with the truth that destiny promoting in the RAF might circulation him from cockpit to table, Brian elected to hitch then then fledgling airline, Cathay Pacific. His tale maintains with many intriguing incidents flying from the company’s domestic base at Kai Tak in Hong Kong.

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In the hot, sultry summer the pest of house flies was something beyond description. In fact, all the elements for the development and spread of camp diseases were at hand, and yet the general health of the troops was excellent, and, saving beriberi only, the immunity from camp diseases was nothing less than astonishing. Some typhoid and dysentery were always present, but the percentage was remarkably small. 48 REPORT ON RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR. With the conditions so favorable for the development of enteric fevers it may well be questioned why the Japanese army enjoyed such immunity.

Allowing 14,000 combatants to a Japanese division and estimating each of the four field armies up to the battle of Mukden as having 2 Kobi brigades aggregating 12,000 combatants, the total number of combatants would be about 230,000. Considering only the Japanese field artillery, the proportion of guns works out to about 3 per 1,000 combatants. 9. JAPANESE BATTERY WAGON. 10. 5 CM. GUN TAKEN AT NANSHAN AND USED BY JAPANESE AT LIAOYANG AND SHAHO. JAPANESE ARTILLERY. 31 The mountain guns, which form about one-third of the Japanese artillery complement, are sighted to 4,300 meters only and have an effective shrapnel range of 3,700 meters.

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