The Archaeology of the Royal Flying Corps
Trench Art, Souvenirs and Lucky Mascots
Imprint: Pen and Sword Archaeology
6.1 x 9.1 in, Integrated images
- October 2022
- In Stock
Extensive quotations from the memoirs of these early airmen are combined with an analysis of the artifacts themselves. They convey something of the fear and anxiety the airmen had to grapple with on a daily basis and bring out the full significance of the poignant souvenirs they left behind. Pieces of crashed airplane – wooden propellers, strips of linen, fragments of metal – were recycled and circulated during the war and afterwards became the focus of attention in the domestic home. As Melanie Winterton demonstrates, these items connected the living with the deceased, which is why they are so strongly evocative even today.