By A. Smith
Mick Mannock, Fighter Pilot is the authoritative existence tale of england and Ireland's so much profitable fighter pilot of the 1st international struggle; a operating classification hero and staunch socialist who within the skies above the Western entrance mixed engineering prowess, tactical initiative, and grim decision to develop into an inspirational squadron commander.
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R. Henchley. B. Haldane's army reforms of 1907, and Henchley was a keen supporter of the government. 38 Cuthbert Gardner's office was only two streets away from the National Telephone Company, and even when not meeting Mannock on parade or at the wicket, he could scarcely have avoided bumping into him on the High Street. Whatever his motives, and we must assume that they were wholly honourable, Gardner shared the enthusiasm of the Edwardian male ameliorist for helping working-class lads who wanted to get on in the world.
They would be allowed to get on with their jobs, and their Turkish workers continue to cooperate, simply because it made sense to have the capital's telecommunications system installed and operative prior to commencing military operations. The arrival of the German cruisers speeded up events dramatically, not least because the British Ambassador delivered Grey's demand that the ships be either interned or ordered to leave Turkish waters immediately. Playing for time Enver Pasha, advised by Berlin, informed Mallet that Turkey had entered negotiations to purchase the Goeben and the Breslau.
From his letters to the Eyleses it appears that once he was based almost permanently in Constantinople Mannock began to spend a lot more time socializing with the British community. He must have come across as something of a rough diamond to the more refined members of the embassy and consular staff (he could conceivably have met the newly wed Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West just prior to their departure home ± one can only fantasize on that particular encounter). Yet he swam, rowed, played tennis and croquet, resumed horse riding, and would no doubt have gratefully accepted an invitation to play cricket had the opportunity arisen.