A TALE OF AERIAL ADVENTURE set in France during World War I. Willi Wissemann, an impetuous Bavarian officer, joins the German Air Service in 1916 to escape the drudgery and hardships of trench warfare. He is sent to the Front after a brief stint in flying school and begins his career as a recon-bomber pilot, excelling at the seemingly menial tasks of aerial bombardment and photographic reconnaissance.
But Wissemann soon realizes that flying single-seat fighting scouts is his true destiny. When the German High Command reorganizes the Air Service into specialized "hunting-squadrons" and re-equips them with their latest scout, the Albatros D.III-the air war takes on a fiercer and more deadly course. Finally, after many months of pestering the Army High Command, Willi Wissemann gets his chance to take command of a Jasta-a fighter squadron.
Once he arrives at the airfield in the Champagne sector, he realizes he has his work cut out for him. He must reorganize an insubordinate bunch of misfits, misanthropes, castoffs and drunks, into a real fighting-squadron. Then during the height of the French spring offensive of 1917, Wissemann is asked to fly a special mission to Paris, transporting a Secret Service agent. What happens next will have a profound effect on his life, his career, and his outlook on the war, changing him forever, scarring his soul for eternity.
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I have read this book probably 3-4 times. Every time I read it again, I find a section that "Grabs" my attention, that at first reading didn't "Hit" me. It is very well written, very well researched, and very detailed.The author has the ability to transfer you into the time of the setting 1914, first World War. His description of his hero Willi Wissemann is very pleasant to read. The airbattles in the skies are very accurate, of course an aviator would know ecxactly what he is talking about ! The trails and tribulations that young Wiili encounters make up for a "Good" read ! There is also a little romance in it, the love he has for his beautiful fiance "Ilse". The encounters he has with various superiors good and bad make it interesting and want you to keep on reading ! Also the encounter of Germany's flying ace Manfred von Richthofen create a stimulating diversion ! I am the wife of an Air Force Sargent , I was born in Germany, so this story is very reminiscent for me, and it transfers me back to my Fatherland Germany. All in all , I highly recommend this book ! "cuddle" up on the couch and "Enjoy" !!!! Ms. Almut Wilson