Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1

Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1

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Author: Paolo Varriale
Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
About this book
Austro-Hungarian industry produced a series of poor fighter types such as the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I during the early stages of the war, and it was not until licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III began to reach Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in May 1917 that the fortunes of pilots began to look up. Unlike the German-built Albatrosen, the Oeffag aircraft were far more robust than German D IIs and D IIIs. They also displayed superior speed, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely safer flight characteristics. The careful cross-checking of Allied sources with Austrian and German records form the basis for a detailed reconstruction of the dogfights fought by the leading aces. It will also chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with additional information about their personal background and their post-war lives in the nations born from the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire.
Contents
  • A long awaited fighter
  • Russian, Rumanian and Albanian fronts
  • The Italian front
  • Aftermath
  • Appendices
Paperback; December 2012; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781849087476


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