By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of negative fighter varieties resembling the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I in the course of the early levels of the battle, and it used to be now not until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in could 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which at first suffered wing disasters in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed stronger velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the whole via all of the major 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 opponents. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been in the beginning delivered to the eye of English-speaking readers within the Eighties throughout the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra examine has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new info and plenty of unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied resources with Austrian and German documents shape the root for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought via the top aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and error to be corrected. The e-book will disguise using Albatros combatants at the Italian and jap Fronts, from the fighters' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of warfare. 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 history and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire. a few forty nine pilots accomplished acedom in the course of global struggle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.
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