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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (12 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841765333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841765334
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Sopwith Camel Aces of World War I "and "Fokker Dr I Aces of World War I: ""The prolific Norman Franks is the author of all three of these books, though he shares the credit with color expert Greg Van Wyngarden for the two German tomes. Franks is a highly regarded aviation historian, and Van Wyngarden is recognized as one of the top authorities on World War I aviation markings, so you can bet that what you see is a fair representation of historical hues. I recommend these books, and you will find the entire series to be worthwhile additions to your library." -Mike Corr, "Aerodrome"

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Norman Franks is one of the worlds leading authorities on World War I fighter aviation, having published some of the seminal works on the subject. This is his fifth volume on World War I aces for Osprey, having written Albatros and Nieuport Aces in 1999, and Fokker Dr I aces (with Greg VanWyngarden) and American Aces of World War I in 2001. Greg VanWyngarden had had a lifelong interest in World War I aviation, and has been particularly active in deciphering the colours and markings that decorated the various German fighters flown by the leading aces. This is his second book for Osprey, having co-authored Fokker Dr I Aces with Norman Franks in 2001.

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"Throughout 1917 and into the spring of 1918, the German Jagdstaffel pilots had fought a valiant air campaign against the British and French air arms on the Western Front." Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 4 July 2004
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Fokker D VII Aces Part 2 continues where Part 1 left off in that it covers the aces of the German air force in World War 1 who flew the D VII in the last months of the war. While part 1 covered the D VII aces of the four elite army Jagdgeschwadern, this volume covers the many (and perhaps less famous) army Jagdgruppen who operated along the entire Western Front. The strenghs of the book are the depth of knowledge the authors show, not only in the aircraft and its aces but also the individual aircraft of each ace. The colour plates are excellant and the photos are very good and well choosen.
When reading this book it occured clearly that even though the German army was being defeated on the ground, in the air the German pilots continued to fight on against overwelming odds and continue to take heavy casulties on allied aircraft (having a aircraft like the D VII certaintly helped). An extract from a German pilot in November 1918 says how he felt sad at people not showing gratitude and appreciation for the pilots' efforts during the war. Thanks to books like these the achievements of these brave and pioneering airmen lives on.
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I won't duplicate Steven's review of this book as the main purpose of buying this book for me was to find information to help me build a flying scale model of the Fokker D V11. The many illustrations and diagrams are very good and this is an essential resource for anyone interested in this aircraft. The plane itself represented an important development in aviation.

I do think one has to take care in admiring the pilots though. Young dare devils are ten a penny in any era and in aeroplanes not many survive. Of those that did many formed the nucleus of the Nazi Luftwaffe and Herman Goering, a successful flyer of these planes, became one of the vilest of Hitler's deputies. In this respect the book is pretty well balanced and factual - it is the reader who must take care not to get carried away.
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In common with most of the books in this series the "Fokker DVII Aces" gives a short history of the aces and a colour guide to many of their aircraft. It is not really a book to read cover to cover. more to dip in and out of for reference. There are plenty of photos of the men and their machines as well as the colour illustrations. Very useful to a modeller doing basic research for the next model, and the outline biographies of the aces are useful (although fairly dry) as background and to add that human touch. The forword gives a little detail on the background history of the aircraft, but there is little technical detail. Cutaways, construction and handling details are not included. However as a basic painting guide, excellent.
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The usual high standards of Osprey are in evidence.
For the wargamer there are a good selection of colour plates, plus the histories of the aces organised by Jasta (Squadron).
The black and white photographs of the period make some of the colours difficult to discern.
What the book lacks is a description of each Jasta's unit markings which we are left to extrapolate.
This is of course a minor niggle and would recommend this book for anyone interested in this period.
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By martin buckingham on 17 Sep 2014
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