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Early German Aces of World War I (Aircraft of the Aces) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Greg VanWyngarden , Harry Dempsey

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10 Oct 2006 Aircraft of the Aces (Book 73)
The Fokker Eindeckers were the world's first true fighter aircraft, and their use had an impact on Allied morale and tactics far beyond their actual success. The first German aces who flew these aircraft, particularly Immelmann and Boelcke, became household words in Germany and in Allied countries alike. This volume charts the history of the Early German Aces in World War I, from development of the Fokker Eindeker and its early successes in late 1915 and early 1916, to the decline of the Fokker's superiority and the resurgence of Allied fighter aviation.

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"Color profiles and planform drawings will help immesnly with several new kits of the fascinating, pioneering Fokker "Eindekers. "Early Fokker and Halberstadt biplanes and captured Nieuports are also covered." -"Aerospace Modeler" (January 2009)

"This was a kick ass book." -Alex Ness, "popthought.com"

One of the "top picks for specialized military holdings." -"California Bookwatch

""Fans of World War I German aces will be pleased with this history." -Fred Rick Boucher, "AeroScale" (October 2006)"

"""Early German Aces of World War I "chronicles the life and times of men and machines who were responsible for the supremacy which marked German aerial combat history in 1915-16...with characteristic thoroughness, as Osprey books provide... It is definitely a work that belongs in your World War I aviation library." -Jim McCloskey, "Aerodrome

""It is a superb look at the early years and development of fighter aircraft, ever-changing tactics and the men who flew them. A book that you'll find as thoroughly intriguing as did I and one I can recommend without reservation." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com"

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Greg VanWyngarden had had a lifelong interest in World War 1 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 third book for Osprey. The author lives in St Charles, Iowa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fokker Eindeckers Sweep the Skies over the Western Front! 19 April 2007
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
If the German Air Service didn't invent air combat, they certainly contributed much to its initial development. Once German fighters were equipped with a forward-firing machine gun in 1915 - courtesy of Tony Fokker's Eindecker monoplane - intrepid pilots like Oswald Boelcke, Max Immelmann, Hans-Joachim Buddecke, Wilhelm Frankl and Gustav Leffers set about sweeping the skies of Allied aircraft and, in doing so, created many of the tactics and formations subsequently utilized by all fighter pilots. Greg VanWyngarden summarizes the exploits of these early Fokker pilots in this Osprey "Aircraft of the Aces" volume, #73.

VanWyngarden does a good job of relating the creation of the machine-gun armed fighter and the resulting 'Fokker scourge.' Along with relating numerous air combats, he also supplies a human face to the long-ago 'Hun' pilots - the brilliant fighter ace/tactician Boelcke, the rather foppish Max Immelmann, the grimly determined Rudolf Berthold, the playboy Ernst Freiherr von Althaus and so on. These were the days of the lone hunter and Germany's pilots were as fascinating as they were deadly.

The book features over 100 photographs, some quite rare, and 10 pages of color profiles by Harry Dempsey.

This is a marvelous chronicle of the early days of air combat. It's amazing when looking at the photographs of the Eindecker monoplanes to think that those rather flimsy aircraft were the F-15 of their day!

Recommended for all air war afficiandos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German Air service pilots in WW I 8 Mar 2007
By Sqn Ldr Raymond Leach - Published on Amazon.com
A first class basic reference book and well worth the price. I intend to add more in the series to my collection
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new combat arena, and the early stars from Germany 3 Mar 2011
By Gary Warne - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my favorite historical subjects, the brave men (and women) who took to the air to fight for their country, and the machines in which they fought. This is Greg Van Wyngarden's masterpiece on the earliest aces of the Luftstriekrafte, or the German Army Air Service, and the various aircraft they flew in combat. The book is filled with loads of technical information about the machines, from the famous Eindecker series of fighters that produced what the British and French referred to as the Fokker Scourge, to the biplane Fokker D.I, D.II and D.III, as well as the attractive Halberstadt D.III and D.V aircraft. There are excellent profiles of all the aces who made names for themselves in the Great War and live on in history; Oswald Boelcke, Max Immelmann, Kurt Wintgens, Ernst Udet, Wilhelm Frankl, Hans-Joachim Buddecke, Josef Jacobs, Otto Parschau and many more. Ten pages are devoted to color plates of the aircraft flown by them. These are a boon to modelers who want an accurate camouflage scheme or representation of a pilot's particular aircraft. Plus the book is filled with photographs of the men, machines, airfields, and the victories they scored as they entered their names in the new field of aerial combat.
A good value for the money and an excellent source of material for historians and model builders. Hopefully, next Greg will write about the early German The Kaiser's YanksNaval and Marine aces of the Great War
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good basic resource 14 Oct 2007
By Richard Trant - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is a valuable resource for those wishing to know something of the early German aces of the "Fokker Scourge" period. Informative text, good photographs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference on the early German aces 11 Aug 2007
By J. W. Herris - Published on Amazon.com
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The author's expertise on WWI German aviation comes through clearly in this excellent and much needed addition to the Osprey aces series. Here is the story of how fighter aviation started, and is told via excellent text (much by the aces themselves), well-chosen photographs, and excellent color profiles of the planes. This book is a must for enthusiasts, historians, and modelers interested in WWI aviation.
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