Richthofen Jagdstaffel Ahead

RFC Fighter Pilots Out-Performed and Out-Gunned over the Western Front, 1917. With Colour Artwork by John Batchelor.

Peter McManus Peter

Date Published :
December 2008
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
200 color and b/w images and photos throughout
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781906502003
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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In early 1917 the war in the air intensified on the Western Front in France. Richthofen's deadly Jagdstaffel 11 was flying vastly superior Albatros and Halberstadt planes, with synchronized machine guns. Into the fray came 40 Squadron RFC with its problematic FE8s.

No contest you would think, but the bravery and courage of men like Lionel Blaxland, Mick Mannock and their fellow pilots ensured the Germans did not have it all their own way.

Author Peter McManus has been extremely fortunate to have possession of Lionel Blaxland's five photo albums and log book. Having also interviewed him and researched documentary evidence of those hectic days, the result, together with the incomparable color artwork of John Batchelor, is an absolutely unique piece of work.

A must have for all students and historians of WWI, and collectors of memorabilia.

About The Author

Peter McManus is an author and World War II historian.


"a nice work that provides a human element to the air war that other books have neglected to provide”.

- Over The Front , September 2009

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