Franks, Norman.


Grub Street, 1st ed., 2004. 220 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. As August 1916 drew to a close, the German Air Service was spiralling almost helplessly towards defeat on the Somme. This crisis meant that Germany was compelled to seek a solution. Jagdstaffel 2 was one of the first dozen units which were quickly formed to stem the tide and fight back. Later by Imperial decree renamed Jasta Boelcke in honour of its distinguished commander Oswald Boelcke, this military formation had no real gestation period. Despite this sudden birth, between September 2 and 31 December 1916 the staffel scored eighty-five kills and was destined to end the war with 336 confirmed victories. This unit was the home for many of Germany's most famous fighter pilots including Werner Voss, Manfred von Richthofen, Erwin Bohme and Max Muller. Here, for the first time, is the story of that auspicious and audacious unit.

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