By Paolo Varriale, Harry Dempsey
Austro-Hungarian produced a chain of terrible fighter kinds equivalent to the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I in the course of the early phases of the struggle, and it was once no longer until eventually licence-built examples of the battle-proven Albatros and D II and D III started to succeed in Fliegerkompagnien, or Fliks, in may perhaps 1917 that the fortunes of pilots started to search for. not like the German-built Albatrosen, the Oeffag plane have been way more strong than German D IIs and D IIIs. in addition they displayed more desirable pace, climb, manoeuvrability and infinitely more secure flight features. The cautious cross-checking of Allied assets with Austrian and German files shape the root for an in depth reconstruction of the dogfights fought by means of the prime aces. it is going to additionally chart the careers of the Austro-Hungarian aces that flew the D II and D III, their successes and their defeats, with more information approximately their own historical past and their post-war lives within the countries born from the cave in of the Hapsburg Empire.