FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts: Western Front 1916-17.

Miller, James F.

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Examines the two biplanes which were pitted against each other in vicious dogfights during World War I, and compares their experiences in the hands of some of the war’s most famous pilots, such as Manfred von Richthofen, aka ‘The Red Baron.’


SKU: 9781780963259


In the spring of 1916 the deployment of the RFC's FE 2 - with its rotary engine `pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility for its pilot and observer, and removing the need for synchronized machine guns - helped wrest aerial dominance from Imperial Germany's Fokker Eindecker monoplanes, and then contributed to retaining it throughout the Somme battles of that fateful summer. However, by autumn German reorganization saw the birth of the Jagdstaffeln (specialised fighter squadrons) and the arrival of the new Albatros D scout, a sleek inline-engined machine built for speed and twin-gun firepower. Thus, for the remainder of 1916 and well into the next year an epic struggle for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele battlefields, pitting the FE 2 against the better-armed and faster Albatros scouts that were focused on attacking and destroying their two-seater opponents. In the end the Germans would regain air superiority, and hold it into the following summer with the employment of their new Jagdgeschwader (larger fighter groupings), but the FE 2 remained a tenacious foe that inflicted many casualties - some of whom were Germany's best aces (including `The Red Baron').

Book Details

Author Miller, James F.
Format PB
Series Title Duel
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Number of Pages 80
Illustrations 50 b/w; 14 col
Publish Date 9/01/2014
Catalogue Jan19
Catalogue book number 243