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By Glyn Harper

The top Commonwealth army ornament for gallantry is the Victoria pass, and this ebook examines the historical past of the award, telling the tales of these New Zealanders (to people with robust New Zealand institutions) who've received it. This comprises awards made to British squaddies serving in New Zealand through the New Zealand Wars, the Boer warfare and the 1st and moment global Wars. (No New Zealander has ever been offered a VC considering 1943.) additionally lined are a number of the controversies and political machinations surrounding these whose nominations were declined, Manahi, Stott, Simpson and Malone. a rare choice of contributors and their brave exploits is the phenomenal consequence. Informative, intriguing and provocative, "In the Face of the Enemy" is a riveting and helpful addition to our army checklist, through hugely revered army historians. each one tale is robust and special, and gives attention-grabbing perception into the battles that experience made our country and solid our historical past.

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On 3 September Hunt was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109 and, but for his special axe, would not have been able to escape from his burning cockpit. The problems experienced by Hunt and Page led Rees to recommend: ‘3. That some method of jettisoning the hood be incorporated. This especially applies to Spitfire aircraft, the hoods of which seem to jam 52 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 53 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E B U R N I N G B LU E easily and which cannot be opened at high speed.

His oxygen supply was hit, causing him to pass out but: ‘As I fainted I saw a dim red glow in front of my eyes – but I didn’t understand what this was until I came to at a lower altitude. I found that my Hurricane was not only on fire but was diving – upside down. Luckily I was hanging by my straps which enabled me to keep my face out of the flames a good deal. ’ 39 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 40 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE T H E R E C O N S T RU C T I O N O F WA R R I O R S Lane eventually got clear of his aircraft, probably as a result of the straps burning through, allowing him to fall out of the cockpit, but he ended up with his parachute attached to his boots.

Not only were RAF leaders firmly convinced that just such a ‘solution’ to the tank issue would be found by the RAE, but it was thought that fighter design and fighter tactics would mitigate the risk until then. 19 Furthermore the RAF believed that the form and 30 RECONSTRUCTION MAKE-UP 27/7/04 10:56 Page 31 WAYNE'S G3 WAYNE'S G3: WAYNE'S JOBS:8907 - GRE FIRE the tactics of combat in which the fighters would be engaged minimised the risk. They would be attacking self-defending bomber formations from the rear, using their superior rates of speed and climb to assemble into fixed positions behind the bombers.

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