By Paolo Varriale
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of bad fighter varieties similar to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early levels of the warfare, 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 possibly 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which in the beginning suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag airplane have been way more powerful than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed more advantageous velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the complete via all of the best 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 warring parties. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been before everything dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Nineteen Eighties in the course of the pioneering paintings of Martin O'Connor. an extra 30 years of extra learn has allowed Paolo Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and various unpublished images. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the foundation for an in depth reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the best aces. This painstaking examine permits many myths to be uncovered and blunders to be corrected. The ebook will hide using Albatros warring parties at the Italian and japanese Fronts, from the combatants' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of conflict. it's 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 more information approximately their own historical past 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 international battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.