By Paolo Varriale

Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of bad fighter varieties akin to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early levels of the battle, and it used to be now not till licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in might 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to lookup. in contrast to the German-built Albatrosen, which at 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 better velocity, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the entire by means 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 warring parties. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been first and foremost dropped at the eye of English-speaking readers within the Nineteen Eighties during 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Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new info and a number of unpublished pictures. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the root for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought via the major aces. This painstaking study permits many myths to be uncovered and error to be corrected. The publication will conceal using Albatros opponents at the Italian and japanese 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 historical past and their post-war lives within the international locations 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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