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Gibbons, David-Design. Near Fine. 7 1/2" X 10" 160 Pages Indexed. Very light wear to cover edges and corners. No other defects noted. Illustrated throughout with black and white photography. When the Berlin Wall was demolished a new mine of information became available to historians, allowing them access to previously closed archives. Germany was the first nation to take war into the air with a dedicated force of aviators. It realised the need for specialization before Britain, France, the USA or Italy. This study of the formative years of German aviation describes how Germany's air force was created, how it developed, its airfleets and its personnel, and how quickly the battlefield advantage provided by military aviation was grasped by German authorities. The study makes use of many hitherto untapped archives from East Germany, and rare and unpublished photographs, letters, diaries and reports. Contents in Eight Chapters: Pigeons in Combat, Fokker Frenzy, Over the Russian Front, Hymn of the Big Birds, Sea Hawks, The Other Red Baron, Airmen on a Tether, and Back-seat Battle Station.
160 pages. Softcover. Very good condition. MILITARY. Just a few years after the first flying machine was built, Germany's first air force was ready for action; 1910 and 1911 were its formative years. Diligently researched and magnificently illustrated, this is a valuable addition to aviation history. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Germany, Airplanes, Aviation, Military, World War II, Air Force, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, Manfred von Richthofen, Peter Kilduff, Jagdstaffel, Flieger-Abteilung).
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