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Aircraft of the Aces #77 Albatros Aces of WWI Part 2
||Soft cover, 96
GBP£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
of lesser known Aces, easy to read text, respected
author, plenty of first-hand accounts, superb
Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
Osprey's Albatros Aces of World War 1 Pt.2 is available
online from Squadron.com
There were many examples built of this famous fighter and it
also fought on many Fronts. A large number of Aces applied their
trade in this family of aircraft, all of which provides plenty
of scope for another book.
When the first “Albatros Aces…” title was published in 2000,
there was no indication that it would be anything other than a
one off edition.
Norman Franks authored that first volume and now as a follow-up,
Greg VanWyngarden has written a second book to expand on that
So as not to repeat the previously mentioned work, the author
concentrates on some of the lesser known aces. As a result,
legendary men such as Manfred von Richthofen are given limited
space. This is appropriate as their stories can be found in the
The 96 page format is preserved which contains over one hundred
black and white photographs. Although many will have been seen
before, there are still plenty of images that will be new to
Dempsey does a great job with the artwork and supplies 32 colour
profiles. Each is carefully chosen so as not to duplicate any of
the schemes found in the previously mentioned work. Also
included are six extra plan views to allow the reader to see
additional details where necessary.
The text is in the writer’s usual relaxed style which makes
it a pleasure to read. Much of the passage comes from the
participants themselves and makes enlightening reading.
The captions to the images compliment the book very well and
contribute to, rather than repeat the text.
So that readers get a better appreciation of the different
variants flown by these Aces, bookworms are given a series of
general arrangement drawings. Done in 1:72 scale, they cover the
Albatros fighter from the D.I to the D.Va, with various “early”
and “late” details shown where applicable.
Considering the sheer number of airmen that became Aces in
the Albatros fighter, their story was never going to be covered
in a single volume.
Greg VanWyngarden has seen to it that some of the lesser known
pilots get a chance to have their tales told. With the usual
collection of entertaining first-hand accounts, excellent
artwork and scholarly text, this title is a must for those that
indulged themselves in the first volume.