World War I was a very tumultuous time not only for the United States, but also the other countries involved in it. Many will say that the first shot of the war contained the bullet that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Sarajevo, Bosnia. This assassination led to the start of World War 1 barely a month later, in July of 1914. The day of July 28, 1914, saw the official start of World War I when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. What seemed to be a small conflict escalated into a worldwide conflict as other countries were dragged in due to alliances and treaties. Germany, Russia, Great Britain, and France were the first countries to get dragged into this war due to their obligations with certain other countries. The United States was brought into the war after approximately one year, when the Lusitania was sunk by German U-boats, resulting in the death of 189 Americans. It was also the Zimmerman telegram, Germany’s attempt to entice Mexico into an alliance against the United States, which brought the United States into this war. At the same time, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia prompted the country to pull out of the war. These two events were important developments despite the stalemate that was occuring in the war at this time. Although both sides launched offensives in 1918 in an effort to win the war, both efforts ultimately failed. The fighting between both fronts continued to creep along until Germany lost a number of battles and began to gradually fall back. A deadly outbreak of influenza, meanwhile, took a heavy toll on soldiers of both sides. Eventually, the governments of Germany and Austria-Hungary both began to lose control as they experienced multiple mutinies within their military structures. The war ended in late 1918, when all member countries of the Central Powers signed armistice agreements. Germany was the last country, signing its armistice on November 11, 1918. Under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was heavily punished with hefty economic reparations, territorial losses, and strict limits on its rights to military development. In hindsight, many believe that the Allies were excessive in their punishment of Germany and that the harsh Treaty of Versailles actually planted the seeds of World War II, rather than foster peace between countries. The treaty made it seem like Germany was to be entirely blamed for the war, which was a harsh untruth that hurt the German people. The resentment that fostered within the German people allowed for extremist groups, such as the Nazi Party, to exploit the humiliation and resentment that the people faced and take political control of the country.The plot of Flyboys takes place in 1916, during World War I, when a group of young Americans go to France to fight in the French Air Service for different personal reasons. These American recruits are mentored by veteran fighter Reed Cassidy, under the command of Captain Georges Thenault. During their training, the American pilots struggle to cope and adjust with the demanding flying. Later in the film, the pilots have to learn to face the aerial battles that dominate their missions. During the course of one of the missions, Blaine Rawlings meets a young woman by the name of Lucienne, whom he decides to court despite knowing her hesitations about his flying profession. The group’s first mission consists of escorting two bombers to destroy a German ammunition depot. The pilots are then ambushed by German planes, and two are killed while flying. A third pilot is forced to make an emergency landing, and is shot dead by a German pilot known as “The Black Falcon.” During a later battle, Rawlings’ machine gun jams and the pilot he was chasing, Wolferd, flies beside Rawlings before saluting and sparing Rawlings’ life. Rawlings then proceeds to kill Wolferd when he decides to dive after another American. After this event, Rawlings is alarmed to discover that German forces are going to invade Lucienne’s village. Despite others disapproving of his conduct, Rawlings’ is allowed to go and save his love. He then single-handedly rescues Lucienne and her nephews and niece. He returns to base, and instead of being charged for his inappropriate misconduct, is praised by his commander and awarded with the Croix de Guerre medal for his courage. During another mission to a German Zeppelin, Cassidy is critically wounded by the Black Falcon, but is able to destroy the Zeppelin by crashing into it in his final moments. Afterwards, Rawlings is able to reunite with Lucienne before she departs to Paris. Before Rawlings leaves for another battle, he is promoted to Commander, and is presented with an eagle, which was Cassidy’s former insignia. The squad’s next mission is to escort four bomber planes to destroy the same supply depot from the squad’s first mission. Upon returning from the bomber escort mission, Rawlings takes off again in his plane to exact revenge on the Black Falcon. He is followed soon after by Jensen, who is able to save Rawlings, after overcoming the shock he suffered. During the final battle, despite having jammed guns and becoming wounded, Rawlings evades his enemy and shoots dead the Black Falcon with the pistol he has. Rawlings and three other pilots survive this astounding encounter and return back to their base. After the main events of the film, all characters go their own ways. Jensen flies for the rest of the war, Skinner is kept from flying in the U.S. Army due to his race, Beagle marries an Italian woman and starts a flying circus, and Rawlings goes to Paris but is not able to find Lucienne. Rawlings then proceeds to build one of the largest ranches in Texas, and decides to never fly again. The historical accuracy that is portrayed in this film is centered around the facts of the events that happen within the film. Most characters are not based also on real people, but some characters seemed to be a reference to real people. Skinner seemed to be based on Eugene Bullard, a real American pilot that faced heavy racial discrimination in America. All events that took place did not seem to be rooted in history, but the core of the film seemed to accurately revolve around the war. The only exceptions to this were the stories and reasons that brought most of the pilots to fly in the French Air Force. All actors seemed to be dedicated in playing their roles as close to the time period as possible. In the end, Flyboys is a film that focuses on the dramatic liberties taken rather than the actual events that occurred during the war. The film was very enjoyable for the category it was in, and the event that it portrayed. Most events show in the film were not true to historical fact, but the core of the film accurately portrayed the events of the war in chronological order. All actors played their character very faithfully without saturating the role very much. In conclusion, Flyboys is a very delightful film for anyone who would like to see a slightly dramatic, exciting, and romantic piece of world history.