By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of negative fighter kinds comparable to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I throughout the early levels of the conflict, and it used to be no longer till licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which at the beginning suffered wing disasters in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more powerful than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed greater velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the entire by way of all of the top Austro-Hungarian aces, together with Brumowski, Arigi, Kiss and Linke-Crawford, who fought Italian pilots in Hanriots and SPADs, in addition to British pilots in Camels and Bristol combatants. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been first and foremost dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Eighties throughout the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra study has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new info and a great number of unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German documents shape the root for an in depth reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the top aces. This painstaking study permits many myths to be uncovered and mistakes to be corrected. The ebook will conceal using Albatros opponents at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the fighters' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of battle. it is going to additionally chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with additional info approximately their own heritage and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots completed acedom in the course of global battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1: Aircraft of the Aces by Paolo Varriale