Aces of Jagdstaffel 17

Aces of Jagdstaffel 17

Description

Initially formed to assist in the defence of the city of Metz against French bombing raids, Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 17 would go on to become one of the most distinguish German fighter units of World War 1. Its first victory was scored by the pilot whose story is inextricably interwoven with that of his unit - the `Blue Max' recipient Julius Buckler. He was largely responsible for inspiring the unit's unique Esprit de Corps, expressed in its famous and unique `battle-cry' of `Malaula!' Indeed, in its final days the unit gained the nickname Zirkus Buckler, or the `Buckler Circus'. Besides Buckler, Jasta 17 boasted such aces as Karl Strasser, Alfred Fleischer and Christian Donhauser. In addition, the roster included colourful characters like the successful Jewish airman Jakob Wolff, who at over 48 years of age was the oldest German fighter pilot of the war. The story of this illustrious unit is told with many first-hand accounts by Buckler, Fleischer and others, as well as dozens of rare archival photos of the unit's beautifully decorated fighter aircraft.


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Details

Author(s)
Greg VanWyngarden, Harry Dempsey
Format
Paperback | 96 pages
Dimensions
184 x 248 x 7mm | 315g
Publication date
19 Nov 2013
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Osprey Publishing
Publication City/Country
New York, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
88 b/w; 28 col
ISBN10
1780967187
ISBN13
9781780967189
Bestsellers rank
334,228