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Aces of Jagdstaffel 17

By: Osprey

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Aircraft of the Aces - World War I

MSRP $22.95


Product Info

Title
Aces of Jagdstaffel 17
Publisher
Category
Author
Greg VanWyngarden
Publish Year
2013
Pages
96
Dimensions
6x9x.2"
NKG Part #
2148884584
MFG. Part #
OSPACE118
Type
Softcover
Series
ACE118

Description

Initially formed to assist in the defense 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 colorful 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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