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Oswald Boelcke

By: R Head.
ISBN: 9781911621423.
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Oswald Boelcke was Germany's first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare. In this definitive biography RG Head explores why Oswald Boelcke deserves consideration as the most important fighter pilot of the 20th century and beyond; but also for setting the standard in military aviation flying. This book will appeal to enthusiasts of the German air force, military aviation in general and World War One in particular.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 7)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 9)
  • Foreword (p. 11)
  • Introduction The Birth of Aerial Warfare (p. 13)
  • I Flying in World War I (p. 16)
  • II Short History of the German Air Service (p. 31)
  • III Boelcke's Early Life and Entry into the Army (p. 38)
  • IV World War I Begins - 1914 (p. 48)
  • V Fighter Aviation Begins -1915 (p. 54)
  • VI The Ace Race (p. 67)
  • VII Boelcke and the Blue Max - 1916 (p. 81)
  • Map: The German front line 1916 (p. 96)
  • VIII Boelcke's Dicta (p. 97)
  • IX The Battle of the Somme -July 1916 (p. 103)
  • X The Formation of Jasta 2 (p. 109)
  • XI Introduction of the Albatros Fighter (p. 118)
  • XII Jasta 2 in Ascendance - October 1916 (p. 130)
  • XIII Boelcke's Last Flight (p. 138)
  • XIV Air Combat After Boelcke (p. 148)
  • XV Boelcke's Legacy (p. 164)
  • XVI Conclusions (p. 178)
  • Afterword Colonel Gert Overhoff (p. 187)
  • Appendices
  • A Oswald Boelcke Chronology (p. 189)
  • B The Victories of Oswald Boelcke (p. 193)
  • C Jasta Boelcke Aces (p. 198)
  • D Jasta Boelcke's Record of Victories & Losses (p. 199)
  • E Evolution of the Albatros Fighter (p. 200)
  • F Four Views on Aerial Tactics: (p. 207)
  • The Red Barons Dicta - Manfred von Richthofen
  • Mick Mannock's Practical Rules of Air Fighting
  • Albert Ball's Note on Attacking a Formation with a Lewis Gun and Foster Mounting
  • Dicta Hartmann
  • G How This Book Came to be Written (p. 212)
  • Endnotes (p. 214)
  • List of Terms (p. 225)
  • A Note on Sources (p. 228)
  • Bibliography (p. 230)
  • Index (p. 235)