Albatros Aces of World War I by Norman Franks

By Norman Franks

The Albatros relatives of warring parties have been among the best plane hired by way of the Idlfieg (Imperial German Air carrier) for far of worldwide warfare 1, with the D.III and D.Va being flown by means of many of the 363 pilots who certified as aces at some point soon of their frequently short careers. The Albatros used to be the scourge of the RFC at the Western entrance in 1916-17, with pilots of the calibre of von Richthofen, Boelke and Schleich slicing swathes via their competitors. good over 4000 Albatros scouts have been outfitted among 1916 and 1918, and so they have been additionally largely utilized by the Austro-Hungarians opposed to Russian, Italian and British plane until eventually war's finish.

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There may be a charge according to the circumstances of the enquiry. The CWGC also has a website (search for cwgc), with the full Debt of Honour Register. It is well worth investigating; alternatively find a computer literate friend who can steer you through the internet. The CWGC area office is situated at Beaurains, on the southern outskirts of Arras. They also have a full listing of casualties. The care taken by the CWGC in keeping the memorials and cemeteries in pristine condition is nothing short of magnificent.

What followed was a five year voyage of discovery into the archives of the Battle of Loos. Throughout my research many people have helped me learn what happened around Loos over eighty years ago. Without their assistance, my knowledge would have been far from complete. The battalion diarists, who wrote their version having witnessed the loss of many friends and comrades, deserve remembering. Under difficult circumstances they composed accurate, and often moving, accounts of the attack. This book would have not been possible without their records.

Like so many others, with Vimy Ridge and the Somme beckoning, I moved on after paying no more than a fleeting visit to the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner. Having made detailed visits to Flanders and the Somme, I was left looking for new areas to explore. A cycling tour of the villages around Bethune followed, fuelling my interest in the battle that took place there in the autumn of 1915. There was, however, a problem. Although books on later campaigns continued to appear, Loos remained a mystery. Reading the Official History, the most comprehensive account of the battle so far, convinced me that the short campaign played a key part in the history of the BEF.

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