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