Dog-fight

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J5_Rumey
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Dog-fight

Unread post by J5_Rumey » 14 Jan 2011, 13:36

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Just got this book today
http://astore.amazon.com/jas5-20/detail/1853675512

Will come back with review when I have read it.

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Unread post by J5_Lothar » 15 Jan 2011, 15:19

Very Cool. Lookinf forward to your review :D

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Unread post by J5_Nash » 16 Jan 2011, 00:20

Should be good, Norman Franks is noted WWI airial historian, look forward to your review :wink:

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Unread post by Stachel KIA » 26 Mar 2011, 17:01

Have ya had the chance to read this yet ...

I'm curious as well to hear what ya have to say on the books contents

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Unread post by J5_Rumey » 27 Mar 2011, 08:29

Right yes forgot about this, expect a review sometime in the comeing week.

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Unread post by J5_Voss » 27 Mar 2011, 11:00

I'm halfway through it and there is some strange English in it for a noted historian....
So far I haven't learned anything new yet. 8)
*I do not master the subtleties of an anglo native speaker. If you can't handle that, try addressing me in my own mothertongue.
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Unread post by Stachel KIA » 27 Mar 2011, 13:00

ANYTHING at all in it would be a help to me ... :P

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Unread post by J5_Voss » 27 Mar 2011, 13:24

Are you asking me to publish copyrighted content online ? Have you any idea what's coming when Herr Berr and/or Herr Bäumer find out ?
Attend practice and you will learn a lot more than there is in the book, trust me. 8)
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Re: Dog-fight

Unread post by J5_Bäumer » 28 Sep 2012, 03:19

I have been meaning to comment on this as I finished this book about 3 months or so ago. Good book, but I'm not exactly impressed with Mr. Franks editing abilitites. Topics recur throughout the book that would have been much better consolidated into one section or chapter. Instead you end up thinking, "Hey, didn't I already read about this?!" Also, he, tends to be a little heavy on the allied stories, but this is forgivable since he makes the effort to include stories from the central side, and admittedly had greater access to the entente pilots.

Still, I raced through the book, which is not short, and found the book enlightening on several different points:

The training program for pilots and observers (Jasta 5 training is generally modeled after this historically). There are generally three main stages to training but pilots were usually routed first through observer/two seater training and had to have combat experience in two seaters before going into single seater fighter training (this is how J5 training was in the RB3D days).

There were different approaches to the attack for central Jasta's. Some would put the expert at the "tip of the spear" so to speak, giving them first crack, while others backed them up. Other well known aces would do the opposite, putting up and coming experienced pilots (not brand new ones!)at the front of the attack while backing them up thus developing in those other pilots the experience and building their confidence. In the end it usually ended up in everyone for themselves with the best results coming when pilots still tried to help each other out.

There is information about formations flown and a confirmation about how we currently fly much of the time in RoF. Defensive sweeps on our side of the mud taking the winds and flak to our advantage.

There are a lot of other odds and ends. A good read, worth the time, if you can keep everything organized in your mind as you go through it. :)

http://astore.amazon.com/jas5-20/detail ... 86-9957304
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