World War I Novels and History
Heroes in the Sky
World War I novels and history can often be dry and uninspiring, but this Easy-Read Novel, Eyes to the Sky, offers a refreshingly engaging and entertaining historical glimpse into a lesser-known component of World War I - the American Balloon Service.
During World War I, balloon reconnaissance brought valuable intelligence to Allied forces in Europe, and Eyes to the Sky captures this remarkable story with an inspiring blend of historical elements. Through its characters based on actual soldiers, readers will gain an appreciation for the incredible bravery of those who manned these vulnerable balloons as they rose high above a violently shifting battlefield. Descriptions of the jobs they performed and the equipment they used are peppered throughout the exciting narrative.
World War I, often referred to as the "Great War," has been remembered through history books and novels since its inception over 100 years ago. Through these accounts, we have often seen the traditional view of war involving infantry soldiers with weapons in hand. However, a grossly overlooked aspect of WWI is the American Balloon Service, which served as the "eyes of the army" giving invaluable reconnaissance from the air to the Allied forces on the ground.
Not only did these balloonists provide valuable intelligence to the Allied forces, but they also had to endure incredible physical and psychological hardship while doing so.
Moreover, readers of Eyes to the Sky will gain a unique perspective on WWI that supplements what is typically portrayed in history books or films. By learning about this lesser-known side of the war, readers will come to understand not only the incredible heroics of those who served in the American Balloon Service, but also their courage in continually facing fear and danger.
Despite the countless obstacles they faced, their courage played a pivotal role in winning the war and shaping the world we live in today. Take a daring ride with them high into the sky above the battlefields, parachute to the ground with them in the face of desperate aerial attack, and grow in your appreciation of these courageous and inspirational individuals who fought to preserve liberty.