Knight of Germany: Oswald Boelcke German Ace

January 10, 2020|
Knight of Germany: Oswald Boelcke German Ace
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The story of the World War I fighter pilot the Red Baron himself sought to emulate . . .

German air ace Oswald Boelcke was a national hero during World War I. He was the youngest captain in the German air force, decorated with the Pour le Mérite while still only a lieutenant, and credited with forty aerial victories at the time of his death.

Becoming a pilot shortly before the outbreak of the war, Boelcke established his reputation on the Western front first in reconnaissance, then in scouts, before finally becoming the best known of the early German aces, along with Max Immelmann. After Immelmann’ s death, he was taken off flying and traveled to the Eastern front where he met a young pilot called Manfred von Richthofen. Transferred back to the Western Front in command of Jasta 2, he remembered von Richthofen when new small fighting units were formed and chose him as a pilot for his new Staffel. Boelcke was tragically killed in a flying accident during combat in October 1916, although not before the reputation of his unit, together with his own, had been firmly established forever.

This absorbing biography was written with the blessing of Boelcke’s family. Professor Werner was given access to his letters and other papers, and presents here a rounded and fascinating portrait of a great airman and a remarkable soldier who became known as the father of the German Jagdflieger.

This edition has been completely reoriginated while remaining faithful to the language of the time of its original translation from German in the 1930s.

Title:Knight of Germany: Oswald Boelcke German AceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 10, 2020Publisher:Casemate Publishers (Ignition)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1612000436

ISBN - 13:9781612000435

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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