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The War in the Air Sept. 3, 1939--July 22, 1941 [manuscript.] with : War Emergency Information and Instructions [pamphlet]
N.p. [London]: , mss. 1939-1941. N.p. [London]: mss. 1939-1941. Unique. 120 pp. manuscript in a juvenile or adolescent hand, chronicling, almost daily, events of aerial combat between fighters of the Royal Air Force and German Luftwaffe during the course of World War II. 8vo. The manuscript relates very few (if any) incidents of day-to-day life, rather, it focuses almost exclusively on dogfights and bombing raids, neatly summarizing the air war news as transcribed from evening papers and radio broadcasts in London. The front cover features a charming though inexpertly drawn Supermarine Spitfire. All in all, the item calls stands as a particularly British example of optimism under duress and composure during chaotic circumstances. The sureness and clarity of the War Emergency Information and Instructions [pamphlet, 8 pp.] tucked inside provides a startling contrast to today's situation, reminding readers to "KEEP A GOOD HEART, WE ARE GOING TO WIN THROUGH."
Bookseller: Arthur Fournier Fine & Rare [United States]
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