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Balloon-busting Aces of World War 1 by Jon Guttman
Book DescriptionTethered balloons have been used for aerial observation since the French Revolution, but in World War I, they reached their zenith as a means of providing a stationary observation platform above the battlefield. It took a special breed of daredevil to take on such odds deep in enemy lines in order to destroy a balloon, with Balloon specialists such as Willy Coppens, Pierre Bourjade and Michel Coiffard rising to the challenge. This book covers the story of these 'balloon busters' from both sides in World War I through a mix of first-hand accounts and expert analysis, which compares tactics, theatres of operation, aircraft types and the overall odds for success.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841768779
(248mm x 184mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jon Guttman
Reconnaissance and Bomber Aces of World War 1, Paperback (January 2015)
A remarkable number of British, French and German two-seater teams managed to attain or exceed the five victories needed to achieve the acedom popularly associated with their single-seat nemeses. This book comes with rich illustrations and first-hand accounts of the veterans themselves.
Fighter Aircraft Combat Debuts, 1914-1944, Hardback (August 2014)
An international history of the development, competition, and deployment of high-speed, maneuverable, fighter aircraft during the era of the World Wars.
Nieuport 11/16 Bebe vs Fokker Eindecker, Paperback (April 2014)
The appearance in July 1915 of the Fokker E I heralded a reign of terror over the Western Front that the Allies called the 'Fokker Scourge'. The French Nieuport 11 was one type desperately thrown into action to counter the Fokkers. This book looks at the developmental history of these fighters.
Sopwith Camel, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by Jon Guttman
An icon of World War I aerial combat, the Sopwith Camel was a superb dogfighter in the hands of a pilot who could master its vicious idiosyncrasies. The first British fighter to be armed with twin machine guns, the Camel packed a considerable punch. This book deals with this aircraft.
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Author Biography - Jon Guttman
A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Specialising in World War I aviation, he has written six titles in the past: this is his first volume for Osprey. Berkshire-based Harry Dempsey is a talented profile artist who specialises in fighter aircraft of World War I. He has illustrated all of Osprey's World War I Aircraft of the Aces titles to date.
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