Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781908487308 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

Above Ypres

The German Air Force in Flanders 1914-1918

Bernard Deneckere

Above Ypres

Bernard Deneckere

Distributed for Firestep

164 pages | 164 halftones | 8 x 10 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781908487308 Published December 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
An exciting new survey on the air war over Flanders’ fields, Above Ypres offers a definitive account of the costly battles waged above the Ypres Salient during the First World War. The simultaneous misery and bravery that occurred on Belgian battlefields, such as Hill 60, Messines, Yser, Mount Kemmel, Passchendaele, and Ypres, has been thoroughly documented and examined over time. Yet, not until now has the air force received their proper due for their significant role in the battles: for five years, the air force battled intensely in the sky as their comrades waged war in the trenches below.
Written from a German perspective, Above Ypres provides a detailed history of the German Air Service and the Naval Air Arm and examines the roles of particular planes, airfields, tactics, and major battles that contributed to their airpower growth. With many never before published photographs and military information, no student of air warfare or World War I history will want to miss it.
Preface and Acknowledgements
Names of Towns and Villages in English and Flemish

Glossary of Terms
German Aircraft Types
Flying Squadrons
Formations and Organisations
German Military / Naval / Air Force Ranks
Other Terms

The Outbreak of War
The German Air Force and Invasion of Belgium
The Air War in Flanders
Pigeons as a Secret Weapon
The First Deployment of Naval Air Squadrons on Flanders

The First German Airfileds in Flanders
The Second Battle of Ypres
RFC Communiqués
The Heavy Bombardment of Dunkirk
The Land-Based Naval Squadrons in 1915
German Seaplanes in 1915

Flying for the Artillery
The Battles of Verdun and the Somme
The Coming of the Jastas
The Naval Corps under Fire

New Personnel
A Diabolical Plan
The Allied Attack
The Arrival of Jagdgeschwader I
The Naval Flyers Get Their Teeth
The Beach Party, July 1917
The Third Battle of Ypres
    31 July 1917
    August 1917
    September 1917
    October and November
German Aircraft in 1917
The Big Brothers

The German Air Force in early 1918
The Attack on Mount Kemmel
Summer 1918—Increasing Allied Pressure
The Naval Corps’ Last Year in Flanders
Airfields in 1917 and 1918
The End

Selected Bibliography
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