Great War Fighter Aces 1916 - 1918

Great War Fighter Aces 1916 - 1918

by Norman Franks


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Great War Fighter Aces 1916 - 1918 by Norman Franks

By the close of 1916, the air war over France was progressing amazingly. The Royal Flying Corps, the French Air Force and the opposing German Air Service, were all engaged in fierce aerial conflict and the Allied air forces were following a particularly successful if aggressive policy. They were taking the war to the Germans by constantly crossing the massive trench system that stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border. With observation and bombing aircraft requiring constant protection from the German fighter Jastas, the fighter aces on both sides soon gained publicity and fame as a result of their daily engagements.

This book explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory. In so doing, they achieved high honors on account of their prowess in the skies. It also looks at the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery.

By early 1918 the Americans were also starting to take part in the war against Germany, and any number of US citizens were joining both the French Air Service as well as manning their own Aero Squadrons. This publication covers the development of American air combat, whilst also recording the efforts of some of their ace pilots flying both British and French aircraft with precision and skill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473861268
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Series: Images of War Series
Sales rank: 1,260,576
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Norman Franks is a respected historian and author. Previous titles for Pen and Sword include, RAF Fighter Pilots Over Burma, Coastal Command's Air War Against the German U-Boat and Great War Fighter Aces 1914-1916. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 The War Becomes More Serious 7

Chapter 2 Arras and Bloody April 27

Chapter 3 New Aeroplanes, New Tactics 51

Chapter 4 The Winter of 1917-18 75

Chapter 5 1918 101

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