By Paolo Varriale, Harry Dempsey
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of negative fighter forms similar to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I through the early phases 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 achieve Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, which in the beginning suffered wing mess ups in flight, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed stronger pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. Such attributes have been used to the whole by way of 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 warring parties. The exploits of Austro-Hungarian aces have been before everything delivered to 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Varriale to combine and replace his paintings, rectifying a few inaccuracies and including new information and lots of unpublished photos. The cautious crosschecking of Allied assets with Austrian and German documents shape the foundation for a close reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the major aces. This painstaking learn permits many myths to be uncovered and mistakes to be corrected. The booklet will hide using Albatros opponents at the Italian and japanese Fronts, from the opponents' preliminary arrival in mid 1917 via to the final days of struggle. 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 more information 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 battle 1, and the majority of those pilots made their claims flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatrosen.