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Albatros Aces of World War 1 - Part 2
by Greg Vanwyngarden (Author), Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 19, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846031796
ISBN-13: 978-1846031793
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches

     "Great War aero enthusiasts will praise this book. Modelers will adore it.
     Following Osprey's first Albatros Aces installment by Norman Franks in 2000, this 'rest of the story' volume provides a detailed look at more pilots and planes from 1916 through 1918.
     In addition to combat and operational matters, Greg VanWyngarden covers the overlapping development of the entire Albatros D series, as the D.I and D.II were produced at the same time, while the D.V began delivery before D.III production ended. The description of perennial wing problems also is revealing, demonstrating the usually adept German engineers were capable of significant oversights.
     With 100 photos, 32 of Harry Dempsey's color profiles, and scale drawings by Mark Styling, this offering is very well illustrated. The variety is exceptional, from plain workaday machines to gaily decorated 'circus wagons.' Some are eye-openers, including the all-red fuselaged D.V not flown by any JG.I pilots.
     It's easy to forget that Ernst Udet flew anything but Du Doch Nicht, yet he receives detailed coverage in text, photos, and profiles. There's also intriguing looks at some lesser-known Jastas that performed work-a-day service for long months without significant coverage—until now.
     We wouldn't be surprised if eventually there's Albatros Aces Part 3!"

Reviewed by Barrett Tillman

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