Early German Aces of World War I

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Early German Aces of World War I

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The Fokker Eindecker (monoplane) started the true age of fighter aviation. With the development of its revolutionary synchronised machine gun system, the Eindecker caused consternation in the ranks of Allied airmen as its pilots began to reap a grim harvest of victims in 1915. The exploits of aces like Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelke became legendary on both sides of the front, and they received the adulation of the German public, along with such honours as the first awards of the Orden Pour le Mérite (the 'Blue Max') to airmen. These men created the tactics and principles of German fighter aviation as they did so. By the final months of 1916, the monoplanes had been replaced by the next generation of biplane fighters from Fokker and Halberstadt flying together in new fighter formations – the Jagdstaffeln. This book charts the successes of the 'lone hunters' of 1915 until their eventual replacement.

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Introduction/Chapter 1:The Development of the Flying Gun/Chapter 2:The 'Fokker Scourge'/Chapter 3: Turning Point over the Somme/Chapter 4: The Birth of the Jagdstaffeln/Chapter 5: Forgotten Fronts

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Published 10 Oct 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841769974
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 80 b/w; 30 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 73
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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