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Seaplanes of Bocche: The Story of Austro-Hungarian Naval Aviation in Southern Adriatic 1913-1918

By Ciglic, Boris

Belgrade, Serbia: Jeroplan Books, 2014. New book, 144 pages, 189 photos, 33 aircraft profiles. Bocche di Cattaro, the isolated, heavenly corner of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, was the most important naval base of the Central Powers in the Mediterranean during the Great War. Along the mighty dreadnoughts, battle cruisers and U-boats, it housed a new breed of weapon - the seaplane. Beginning from a shed in Teodo, then an olive grove in the tiny village of Kumbor, and later, out of a solid and well-equipped base and forward flying stations in Durazzo and Gravosa, Austro-Hungarian naval airmen played a major role in the conflict of unprecedented proportions in human history. This book tells the forgotten story of their hardships, sacrifices, friendship and successes, from a modest start over frightening Montenegrin mountains, over daily actions against Entente forces in the Southern Adriatic, until the bitter end of the once mighty Empire, and resurrection of its former naval air arm within the new South Slavic Kingdom. It is drawn on archival sources, as well as privately-owned documents from Serbia, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, United States, France, Germany, Slovenia, Montenegro and United Kingdom, and contains many previously unknown or long unplaced facts, 33 aircraft profiles and 189 authentic photographs from the epoch, most of which are published here for the first time.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Petrovic, Ognjan. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$45.24

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 1 Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years
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Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 1 Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years

By Khairulin, Marat

Mushroom Model Publications, 2015. New book, 176 pages. This book describes the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - colour plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives. This profusely illustrated book covers all the aircraft used, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed colour notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers.. Pictorial Cover. As New. Illus. by Kazakov, A. V.. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$53.60

Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 1 Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years
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Russian Aviation Colours 1909-1922: Vol 1 Camouflage and Markings, the Early Years

By Khairulin, Marat

Mushroom Model Publications, 2015. New book, 176 pages. This book describes the history of the little-known emblems and distinctive markings of Russian military aviation from its early origins up to the Russian exit from World War One. The authors have managed to collect, and in some cases partially reconstruct, the majority of emblems and signs used in Russia during this period by military aviation units. The collected material is presented in a clear and attractive form - colour plates, reconstructed logos, and original photographs from public and private archives. This profusely illustrated book covers all the aircraft used, with brief details of their service use and comprehensive details of the colours and markings they carried. Besides the many photographs, full colour profiles illustrate the markings applied. Detailed colour notes and precise descriptions and illustration of national markings over the period complete a book that will be invaluable to aircraft enthusiasts, historians and modellers.. Pictorial Cover. As New. Illus. by Kazakov, A. V.. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$53.60

Balloon-Busting Aces of World War 1
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Balloon-Busting Aces of World War 1

By Guttman, Jon

Osprey Pub Co, 2005. New book, 96 pages, 100+ photos, 48 color profiles. ACE66. Tethered balloons reached their zenith as a means of providing a stationary observation platform above the battlefield during World War I. It took a special breed of daredevil to take on such odds deep in enemy lines in order to destroy a balloon, with Balloon specialists such as Willy Coppens, Pierre Bourjade and Michel Coiffard rising to the challenge. This book covers the story of these 'balloon busters' from both sides in World War 1 through a mix of first-hand accounts and expert analysis, which compares tactics, theatres of operation, aircraft types and the overall odds for success. Contents: A Not-So-Easy Target (development of the kite balloon), The Art of Balloon Busting (anti-balloon measures and weapons, 1914-1917), Balloon Fever (the aces and their exploits, 1916-1918), Exuent Omnes (the eclipse of balloon observation and of the balloon buster, 1918-45), Appendices: Aces's Scores (including balloons destroyed in a single sortie).. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$20.16

Early German Aces of World War I
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Early German Aces of World War I

By VanWyngarden, Greg

Osprey Pub Co, 2006. New book, 96 pages, ACE73. The Fokker Eindecker (monoplane) started the true age of fighter aviation. With the development of its revolutionary synchronised machine gun system, the Eindecker caused consternation in the ranks of Allied airmen as its pilots began to reap a grim harvest of victims in 1915. The exploits of aces like Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelke became legendary on both sides of the front, and they received the adulation of the German public, along with such honours as the first awards of the Orden Pour le Mérite (the 'Blue Max') to airmen. These men created the tactics and principles of German fighter aviation as they did so. By the final months of 1916, the monoplanes had been replaced by the next generation of biplane fighters from Fokker and Halberstadt flying together in new fighter formations - the Jagdstaffeln. This book charts the successes of the 'lone hunters' of 1915 until their eventual replacement. Contents: Introduction, Chapter 1:The Development of the Flying Gun, Chapter 2:The ‘Fokker Scourge’, Chapter 3: Turning Point over the Somme, Chapter 4: The Birth of the Jagdstaffeln, Chapter 5: Forgotten Fronts.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$20.16

Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader 'Berthold'
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Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader 'Berthold'

By VanWyngarden, Greg

Osprey Pub Co, 2005. New book, 128 pages, AEU019. After struggling with inadequate supplies of aircraft and matériel, the veteran pilots of the Geschwader would go on to enjoy incredible successes against French and American opponents in September 1918. Aces who flew the famous blue-fuselaged Fokkers of JG II included such stalwarts as Josef Veltjens (35 kills), Georg von Hantelmann (25 kills), Franz Büchner (40 kills) and Ulrich Neckel (30 kills). This volume contains many first-hand accounts by these and other notable aces, which reveal the esprit de corps and camaraderie these airmen displayed in their struggles against superior numbers up to the war’s final grim days. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1
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Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1

By Franks, Norman

Osprey Pub Co, 2002. New book, 96 pages, 107 photos, 52 color profiles, 10 1/48 scale drawings. ACE48. This book focuses on the combat careers of the last of the famous Sopwith fighters to enter service during World War 1, the Dolphin and the Snipe, both of which were built on the strong scouting heritage of the Pup and Camel. The Dolphin featured the unique negative-staggered biplane wing arrangement, which provided the pilot with the best possible tactical view forward for seeking out his enemy. Used extensively on the Western Front, the Dolphin proved very effective in combat, with a substantial number of British aces scoring kills with the fighter. The Snipe was built as the successor of the highly successful Camel, and entered service with the fledgling Royal Air Force in the summer of 1918. Although seeing just a few months of action before the Armistice, the Snipe nevertheless proved its superiority over virtually all other fighters.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1: Part 2
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Fokker D VII Aces of World War 1: Part 2

By Franks, Norman; VanWyngarden, Greg

Osprey Pub Co, 2004. New book, 96 pages, ACE063. This book covers Fokker D VII aces from the four elite Jagdgeschwadern of the German army, and this follow-on volume charts the story of the many aces who flew the famed fighter in other units committed to combat in the final months of World War 1. D VII operations covered the entire Western Front, from the North Sea to the Swiss border. In the latter half of 1918 the Fokker was not only the mainstay of the army Jagdstaffeln, but also the most potent fighter flown by home defence Kests and the pilots of the German navy in Flanders. The D VII easily proved the equal of the many British, French, Belgian and American aircraft it met in combat, and served in such roles as day bomber interceptor, 'balloon buster' and nightfighter. Though handicapped by a lack of fuel and other supplies as the German war machine fell apart, aces such as Sachsenberg, Degelow and Rumey utilised the D VII to rack up impressive scores against consistently superior odds. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

London 1917-18: The Bomber Bltz
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London 1917-18: The Bomber Bltz

By Castle, Ian

Osprey Pub Co, 2010. New book, 96 pages, CAM227. On a sunny May afternoon in 1917, the peace of an English seaside town was shattered when a flight of German Gotha bombers appeared without warning. Twenty-three Gothas had set out to attack London in this first bomber raid, but heavy cloud forced them to target Folkestone and the Shorncliffe army camp instead. It was the start of a new phase of the war aimed at destroying the morale of the British people. London's defences were quickly overhauled to face this new threat, providing the basis for Britain's defence during World War II. This book tells the story of the Gotha and the massive Staaken 'Giant' bomber raids against London.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Hook, Christa. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Zeppelins: German Airships 1900 - 1940
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Zeppelins: German Airships 1900 - 1940

By Stephenson, Charles

University Park, Illinois, U.S.A.: Osprey Pub Co, 2004. New book, 48 pages, NVG101. On 2 July 1900 the people of Friedrichshafen, Germany, witnessed a momentous occasion - the first flight of LZ 1, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's first airship. Although deemed a failure, a succession of better craft (LZ2 to 10) enabled the Zeppelin to expand into the consumer market of airship travel, whilst also providing military craft for the German Army and Navy. The years of the Great War saw the Zeppelins undertake strategic bombing missions against Great Britain. This title covers the post-war fate of the Zeppelins, including the crash of the Hindenburg, and their use by the Luftwaffe at the beginning of World War II. Contents: Introduction; Forging the weapon: 1900-14; Army and Navy Zeppelins at war: 1914-18; Progress and failure: 1918-40; Conclusion; Colour plate commentary.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Palmer, Ian. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.81

British Airships 1905-30
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British Airships 1905-30

By Castle, Ian

Osprey Pub Co, 2009. New book, 48 pages, NVG155. At a time when German U-Boats were ruthlessly attacking the maritime convoys engaged in bringing essential supplies to British shores, British airships played a vital role in neutralizing this danger and were crucial in enabling Britain to eventually emerge victorious. In 1907 the British Army built the military's first airship, and at the outbreak of World War I there were a total of seven airships under control of the Admiralty, hunting U-Boats from the skies. This book reveals the fascinating story of the cat and mouse duel between the airship and another pioneering form of technology - the submarine. Detailed cut-away drawings reveal the design and development of the airship, during and after the war, whilst full-color illustrations depict the airship in dramatic action shots. A tragic accident in 1930 brought the airship's military service to an end, resulting in a tiny window in which they were used and little acknowledgement over the years. Ian Knight gives deserved attention to an aeronautical wonder that for a short amount of time played a crucial service to the defense of Britain. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Bryan, Tony. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.81

Naval Aces of World War 1 Part 1
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Naval Aces of World War 1 Part 1

By Guttman, Jon

Osprey Pub Co, 2011. New book, 96 pages, ACE097. In the first of a two-part study covering all the naval fighter pilots to achieve ace status during World War I, author and artist Jon Guttman examines the elite members of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). This book covers all of the members of the RNAS who 'made ace'. This second volume will cover the naval Aces from the other participants in the war.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF
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No 60 Sqn RFC/RAF

By Revell, Alex

Osprey Pub Co, 2011. New book, 128 pages, AEU041. When No 60 Sqn arrived in France in May 1916, partially equipped with the delightfully named Morane Bullet, there were only two dedicated single-seat fighter squadrons on the Western Front. Operating initially as a utility unit, No 60 Sqn's duties were mixed - reconnaissance, fighter patrols and escorts (by one Flight), as well as the landing of spies behind the enemy lines. In the opening weeks of the battles of the Somme in the summer of 1916, the squadron suffered heavy casualties. Its Commanding Officer complained to General Trenchard that this was mainly due to inadequately trained pilots and inferior aircraft. Trenchard withdrew the squadron from frontline duties. During its enforced rest and re-equipment, the observers were posted out, the squadron was re-equipped with Nieuport scouts, and individual pilots, who had shown promise as fighter pilots while flying the few single-seater scouts issued to the two-seater unit, were posted to No 60 Sqn. Chief amongst these was Capt Albert Ball MC who had already claimed 11 victories with No 11 Sqn. During his time with No 60 Sqn, Ball added another 20 victories and was awarded a DSO and Bar. After his death in May 1917, he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. With its return to active operations, equipped with the Nieuport, and later the SE 5 and SE 5a, No 60 Sqn rapidly became one of the most successful fighter units of the RFC. Many famous and high scoring pilots were to go through its ranks - Billy Bishop VC, Grid Caldwell, Willie Fry, 'Duke' Meintjes, S F Vincent, J E Doyle, S B Horn, R Chidlaw-Roberts and A W Saunders, to name but a few - and it finished the war with more 320 victories. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1
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Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1

By Varriale, Paolo

Osprey Pub Co, 2012. New book, 96 pages, ACE110. Austro-Hungarian industry produced a series of poor fighter types such as the Phonix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I during the early stages of the war, and it was not until licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III began to reach Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in May 1917 that the fortunes of pilots began to look up. Unlike the German-built Albatrosen, the Oeffag aircraft were far more robust than German D IIs and D IIIs. They also displayed superior speed, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely safer flight characteristics. The careful cross-checking of Allied sources with Austrian and German records form the basis for a detailed reconstruction of the dogfights fought by the leading aces. It will also chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with additional information about their personal background and their post-war lives in the nations born from the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$16.68

DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916
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DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916

By Miller, James

Osprey Pub Co, 2012. New book, 80 pages, DUE42. The advent and deployment of the Royal Flying Corps' Airco DH 2 in 1916 effectively eliminated the 'scourge' of aerial dominance enjoyed by the Fokker Eindecker monoplanes. Spearheaded by No 24 Sqn and led by Victoria Cross recipient Lanoe Hawker, the ungainly yet nimble DH 2 - with its rotary engine 'pusher' configuration affording excellent visibility and eliminating the need for a synchronised machine gun - had wrested air superiority from the Germans by the spring and then maintained it through the Battle of the Somme that summer. However, by autumn German reorganisation had seen the birth of the Jagdstaffel and arrival of the new Albatros D II, a sleek inline-engined machine built for speed and twin-gun firepower. Thus, for the remainder of the year an epic struggle for aerial superiority raged above the horrors of the Somme battlefields, pitting the manoeuvrable yet under-gunned DH 2s - which were also plagued by sundry engine malfunctions - against the less nimble yet better armed and faster Albatros D IIs. In the end the Germans would regain air superiority, three squadron commanders - two of whom were considered pinnacles of their respective air forces - would lose their lives, and an up-and-coming pilot (Manfred von Richthofen) would triumph in a legendary dogfight and attain unimagined heights fighting with tactics learned from a fallen mentor. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Laurier, Jim. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.59

Italian Aces of World War 1
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Italian Aces of World War 1

By Varriale, Paolo

Osprey Pub Co, 2009. New book, 104 pages, ACE89. The Italian aces of World War One have gone down in history as the irrefutable masters of the skies in the battle against their Austro-Hungarian enemies. In this often forgotten theatre of warfare these remarkable pilots gave the Italian forces an undisputed air superiority and left an enduring legacy as extraordinary men. Having interviewed the descendants of almost every Italian ace from the Great War, Paolo Varriale uncovers these fighters’ incredible and sometimes tragic histories. Years of painstaking research has culminated in this truly groundbreaking study which brings to life the exploits of such famous aces as Baracca, Ruffo and Piccio, and the lesser known Riva, Sabelli and Nardini. Letters, diaries and unpublished photographs shed light on previously unknown personal and unit insignia, exposing many myths and making this a commanding addition to the aviation history of World War One. Contents: Introduction, Chapter 1 - Italian fighters at War, Chapter 2 - Italian rules for victory confirmation, Chapter 3 - Biographies of the Aces, Appendices.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Nieuport Aces of World War 1
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Nieuport Aces of World War 1

By Franks, Norman

Osprey Pub Co, 2000. New book, 100 pages, 113 photos, 40 color profiles, 25 1/72 scale drawings. ACE33. The French Nieuport company provided the Allied air forces with the first true fighter scout of World War 1 in the shape of the diminutive XI of 1915. Based on the Bebe racer, built for the abandoned Gordon-Bennett Trophy of the previous year, the aircraft utilised a sesquiplane (lower wing much smaller than the upper wing) arrangement which gave the XI extreme manoeuvrability. It was the only scout respected by the all-conquering German Fokker E-series of 1915-16, and was flown by French, British, Russian, Belgian and Italian aces. The XI was replaced from May 1916 onwards by the bigger and more powerful XVII. which proved to be one of the best fighters of World War 1. Contents: Setting the scene, British Aces, French Aces, Other Allied Aces, Appendices.. Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Albatros Aces of World War 1 Part 2
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Albatros Aces of World War 1 Part 2

By VanWyngarden, Greg

Osprey Pub Co, 2007. New book, 96 pages, ACE077. From September 1916 until late 1918, biplanes from the Albatros firm formed the primary equipment of Germany's fighter forces. Starting with, the D I of 1916, these aircraft underwent a continuous programme of development and production to the D Va of late 1917. Albatros fighters reached their zenith of deadly efficiency in the spring of 1917, when the Albatros D III took a heavy toll of Allied aircraft. Nearly every one of the 81 Jagdstaffeln, or fighter squadrons, operated one or more types of highly decorated Albatros aircraft at some point in their history. This book is a follow-up to "Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 32 World War 1 - Albatros Aces", and provides a look at the design and production of the Albatros series. It also details the careers of some of the war's best known and lesser-known aces. The exploits of such luminaries as Ernst Udet, Max Muller, Karl-Emil Schafer and Julius Buckler are recounted through their own first-hand accounts, rare archival photography and superb colour artwork.. Soft Cover. As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Groupe de Combat 12, 'Les Cigognes': France's Ace Fighter Group in World War 1
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Groupe de Combat 12, 'Les Cigognes': France's Ace Fighter Group in World War 1

By Guttman, Jon

Osprey Pub Co, 2004. New book, 128 pages, AEU018. This book traces the combat history of the most famous and highest-scoring fighter group in France's World War I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de Combat 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot, René Fonck, and France's most celebrated hero of the air, Georges Guynemer. Its ranks included numerous other famous aces, such as Rene's Dorme, Alfred Heurteaux, Albert Deullin, and American volunteers Edwin Parsons and Frank L. Baylies. Additionally, Guynemer was instrumental in developing France's premier series of fighter planes, the SPAD VII, XII, XIII and XVII. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.38

Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18
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Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18

By Guttman, Jon;

Osprey Pub Co, 2008. New book, 80 pages, DUE07. Amid the continuous struggle for aerial superiority during World War 1, two aircraft types were at the forefront. Both rotary-engined fighters, the Sopwith Camel and the Fokker Dr I triplane were relatively slow for their time, but were regarded as the most maneuverable machines produced during the conflict, and the classic pair for a tight, evenly matched dogfight at close quarters. In this book Jon Guttman examines the fascinating story of the design and development of these deadly foes. First-hand accounts and innovative cockpit-view artwork give a thrilling insight into the pilots' experiences during the world's first aerial duels and explain their successes and failures. . Soft Cover. As New. Illus. by Laurier, Jim; Dempsey, Harry. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.59

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