This book, originally written in 1931 by "Vigilant" (the pen name for Claude Sykes), tells the dramatic tales of air combat as fought by the best German pilots of the First World War.
Manfred von Richthofen, Max Immelmann, Oswald Boelcke and other famous daredevil flyers are joined by the lesser-known but equally resourceful colleagues such as Rudolph von Eschwege and Hand Shuz, taking part in furious battles in the sky and close escapes on the ground when brought down on the wrong side of the lines. German War Birds contains some of the earliest information to appear after the war about air combat in the Middle East and Russia, as well as the Western Front, and about the significance of observation balloons as targets that were viciously attacked.
The author focuses on the heart of the action and recreates the experiences of the airborne war with immediacy, excitement and a vivid turn of phrase, drawing the reader into events as they happen.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Casemate Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/08/2013
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781612001890