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British Air Ministry, HANDBOOK OF GERMAN MILITARY AND NAVAL AVIATION, 1914-1918. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket. Battery Press, 1995; reprint of the original 1918 edition. 140 pages. "Originally issued by the British Air Ministry in October of 1918, it is a detailed study of both German Army & Naval aviation services in the Great War. It presents all known information on the general organization & training of every type of air unit, types of units, ballon corps, policy, general tactics, detailed tactics by type of plane, types of communication equipment. The Naval Air Service is detailed in the same manner plus a section with technical details of aircraft with 3-view photos and 4-6 silhouettes of the aircraft at various angles, along with a full technical list of German aviation abbreviations. "


Boelcke, Captain Oswald, AN AVIATOR'S FIELD BOOK: The Memoirs of a 40-Victory German Ace.


click to enlarge Franks, Norman. JASTA BOELCKE: The History of Jasta 2, 1916-1918 NEW copy, hardcover. (Grub Street Publishing, 2004). 6.25x9.25, photographs. 224 pages.

~~~ As August drew to a close in 1916, the German Air Service was reeling almost helplessly towards inevitable defeat on the Somme. The Artillery and Feldflieger Abteilungen, the Kampfstaffeln, had been quickly reduced to relative impotency by the overwhelming quantitative and qualitative superiority of the Allies. The once feared Fokker and Pfalz Eindeckers proved unequal to the task of checking the aerial flood which daily scoured the ravaged German front.
~~~ A crisis was reached. Germany was compelled to seek a new solution. Jagdstaffel 2 was formed to stem the tide and fight back. Later by Imperial decree renamed Jasta Boelcke in honour of its distinguished commander Oswald Boelcke, this military formation had no prolonged, entangled gestation period. There was no parent, no prior stirrings of life. Jasta 2 was lifted from the keyboard of a typewriter, assigned to the First Army and provided with a leader.
~~~ Between 2 September and 31 December 1916 it scored 85 kills, and was destined to end the war with 336 confirmed victories. Here, for the first time, is the story of that auspicious and audacious unit, told in his inimitable style by Norman Franks, an expert in his subject.


click to enlarge Werner, Johannes. KNIGHT OF GERMANY: Oswald Boelcke German Ace NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate/Greenhill, 2009). 4.75x7.5. B&W photographs. 256 pages.

~~~ The story of the fighter pilot the Red Baron himself sought to emulate . . .
~~~ German air ace Oswald Boelcke was a national hero during World War I, and was the youngest captain in the German air force, decorated with the Pour Ie Merite while still only a lieutenant and with 40 aerial victories at the time of his death.
~~~ He became a pilot shortly before the outbreak of the war, and when he was tragically killed in a flying accident during combat less than two-and-a-half years later not only was his name known all over the world but the whole of Germany mourned his passing. He established his reputation on the Western front first in reconnaissance, then in scouts, and, with Max Immelmann, he became the best known of the early German aces. After Immelmann’ s death, he was taken off flying and traveled to the Eastern front where he met a young pilot called Manfred von Richthofen. Transferred back to the Western Front in command of Jasta 2, when new small fighting units were formed he remembered von Richthofen and chose him as a pilot for his new Staffel. Boelcke was killed in October 1916, although not before the reputation of his unit, together with his own, had been firmly established forever.
~~~ This absorbing biography was written with the blessing of Boelcke’s family. Professor Werner was given access to his letters and other papers, and presents here a rounded and fascinating portrait of a great airman and a remarkable soldier, who became known as the father of the German Jagdflieger.
~~~ This new edition has been completely reoriginated while remaining faithful to the language of the time of its original translation from German in the 1930s.


Bronnenkant, Lance J, THE IMPERIAL GERMAN EAGLES IN WORLD WAR I: Their Postcards and Pictures. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006). 8.5x11. Over 600 b&w photographs, 400 pages.

~~~ Sanke, Liersch and NPG postcards featuring German World War I aviators have been collected, traded, and reproduced in many publications over the years, but no author until now has focused on determining when, where, why, and by whom these pictures were taken, or when and why they were issued as postcards. This work pursues the answers to those questions, and unfolds like a detective story that relates the investigation and assembly of evidence from a wide variety of sources, including personal communications from the pilots and their families, period newspapers, and other contemporaneous wartime publications. At its heart is its vast collection of supportive photographs, including original images behind the postcards that have never been viewed by the modern public. This pioneering book demonstrates the untapped potential that photographic artifacts from World War I still offer.


Bronnenkant, Lance J, THE IMPERIAL GERMAN EAGLES IN WORLD WAR I: Their Postcards and Pictures. Volume II. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006). 8.5x11. Over 600 b&w photographs, 400 pages.

~~~ This book, the second in a planned three-part series, looks at the remainder of Sanke's aviator cards numbered 544-685. Sanke, Liersch and NPG postcards featuring German World War I aviators have been collected, traded, and reproduced in many publications over the years, but no author until now has focused on determining when, where, why, and by whom these pictures were taken, or when and why they were issued as postcards. This work pursues the answers to those questions, and while doing so unfolds like a detective story. At its heart is the vast collection of supportive photographs, including some of the original images behind the postcards - many have rarely, if ever, been viewed by the modern public.


Bronnenkant, Lance J, THE IMPERIAL GERMAN EAGLES IN WORLD WAR I: Their Postcards and Pictures. Volume III. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006). 8.5x11. Over 800 b&w photographs, 464 pages.

~~~ Where the preceding two books of this pioneer series focused on the World War I German aviators featured on Sanke postcards, this final volume examines additional postcard presentations of First World War German airmen as published by Liersch, NPG, Hoffmann, Rothenberg and other more obscure companies. Once again, the author looks in detail at where, why and by whom the photographs were taken as well as why and when they were published in postcard form. An extensive number of related photographs are also included, many of them rarely if ever seen by the modern public. This volume – and indeed the entire set – provides a treasure trove of biographical information, historical data and photographic images that makes it a “must-have” for all World War I aviation enthusiasts.


Duiven, Rick & Dan-San Abbott, SCHLACHTFLIEGER! Germany and the Origins of Air/Ground Support, 1916-1918. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 200 b&w photographs and color profiles, maps, 400 pages.
~~~ Many books have been written detailing the career of the German World War I fighter pilots, especially the ‘aces’ and the Pour le Mérite winners. However, little material can be found on the two-seater units and little or nothing on the Schutzstaffeln/Schlachtstaffeln. This book presents, in words and pictures, the history of the Schutzstaffeln from their formation as escort aircraft, to their being renamed Schlachtstaffeln and their role as infantry support aircraft. Participating in all the major German offenses on the Western Front in 1918, and manned mainly by enlisted pilots and gunners, these units became the first true close air support squadrons. This book also presents a detailed description of the aircraft used by these units, including their power plants and armaments. A high point is a detailed color section illustrating the schemes of typical Schutzstaffel/Schlachtstaffel aircraft, which concentrates on both individual as well as squadron markings. This also includes the camouflage schemes used by the various aircraft manufactures. An added bonus for the aviation historian is a near complete compilation of the crew members, airfields, Schlachtgruppe formations, and combat logs of these thirty-eight units.


Franks, Norman, Rick Duven and Frank Bailey, CASUALTIES OF THE GERMAN AIR SERVICE 1914-1920: As Complete a List as Possible Arranged Alphabetically and Chronologically. Grub Street, 1999. Photographs, 384 pages. "From A-Z and in chronological order, researchers and historians can now check to find what deaths occurred among the German Air Service any day during World War I."


Franks, Norman, GERMAN ACES OF WORLD WAR I: A Pictorial Record. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 330 b&w photographs, 192 pages.
~~~ The air aces of Imperial Germany's Luftstreitkr?fte are an ever-popular subject among aviation historians, enthusiasts, war gamers, and aircraft modelers. The images of famous airmen such as Manfred von Richthofen, Ernst Udet, and Werner Voss are well known and frequently published, but the same cannot be said for all of the over 300 German airmen who achieved five or more aerial victories in the Great War. Their stories have often been published, but never have as many photographs of the aces been assembled within the pages of one volume. Of necessity these photos vary widely in style, format and quality, yet they serve to reveal a good deal of information about the pilots and the multitude of different uniforms and decorations they wore. Students of World War I aircraft will also find useful illustrations of the various machines in which these pilots attained their fame. Over 330 photographs of the aces are provided. The aces are listed in ?score? order, starting with the ?Red Baron? himself with eighty victories, and proceeding down the list to the last alphabetically ordered airman with five claims, Martin Zander. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief service history and victory total of the ace.


click to enlarge [Göring] Peter Kilduff. HERMANN GöRING: Fighter Ace NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Grub Street, 2010). 6.75x9.75. B&W illustrations throughout. 224 pages.

~~~ Over the last 70 years, in countless books and essays, Hermann Göring has been defined by his crimes and excess during the Third Reich and the Second World War. But his activities as a young career military officer in World War I have invariably been glossed over – until now. 'Hermann Göring – Fighter Ace' is the first in-depth look at Göring’s role as a military flyer and air combat leader from 1914 through the end of The Great War, and how those experiences shaped the personality that came to the world’s attention in 1939.
~~~ At the outset of the First World War, Göring was eager to prove his value to his fatherland in initial skirmishes with French troops. When struck by severe rheumatoid arthritis in September 1914, the twenty-one-year-old officer’s burning ambition and ego could not tolerate being sidelined and the following month he forced himself out of a sick bed to begin a new career as an aviation observer. Göring went on to become a fighter pilot with twenty-two downed enemy aircraft to his credit, the last wartime commander of the Red Baron’s own fighter wing, Jagdgeschwader Richthofen, and recipient of a row of prestigious medals including Prussia’s highest bravery award, the Pour le Mérite.
~~~ Peter Kilduff has produced a landmark volume based on extensive research into Göring’s early military records and thousands of German and Allied documents to put the neophyte airman’s life and events into perspective. Among other resources, Kilduff drew on Göring’s own combat reports and related writings.
~~~ Illustrated with over eighty drawings and photographs, including many from Goring’s private collection and never before published, Herman Göring – Fighter Ace is a tour de force of historical material covering the early combat career of one of the Twentieth Century’s most infamous military figures. Peter Kilduff is an acclaimed American historian and the author of thirteen aviation books covering biplanes to jets, including 2009’s Black Fokker Leader which was also published by Grub Street.


Franks, Norman & Hal Giblin, UNDER THE GUNS OF THE GERMAN ACES: Immelmann, Voss, Goring, Lothar von Richthofen, The Complete Record of their Victories and Victims..


Franks, Norman, Frank Bailey & Rick Duiven, THE JASTA WAR CHRONOLOGY: A Complete Listing of Claims and Losses, August 1916 - November 1918.


Hoeppner, General Ernest Von, GERMANY'S WAR IN THE AIR: The Development & Operations of German Military Aviation in the World War.


Hofling, Rudolf, ALBATROS D-II: Germany's Legendary World War I Fighter. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2001). Over 120 b&w photographs & 19 color profiles, 52 pages.


Boelcke, Captain Oswald, IMMELMANN: The Eagle of Lille. NEW copy, hardcover. (Casemate/Greenhill, 2009). 4.75x7.5, 16 pages of b&w photographs. 256 pages.

Max Immelmann was born in Dresden, the son of a container factory owner. When World War I started, Immelmann was recalled to active service, transferred to the Luftstreitkäfte and was sent for pilot training in November 1914. He was initially stationed in northern France as a reconnaissance aviator. On June 3, 1915 he was shot down by a French pilot but managed to land safely behind German lines. He was decorated with the Iron Cross, Second Class for preserving his aircraft. Later in 1915, he became one of the first German fighter pilots, quickly building an impressive score of victories as he became known as The Eagle of Lille (Der Adler von Lille).
~~~ Immelmann was the first pilot to be awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany’s highest military honor. The medal became colloquially known as the “Blue Max” in the German Air Service in honor of Immelmann. His medal was presented by Kaiser Wilhelm II in January 1916. Oswald Boelcke received his medal at the same ceremony.
~~~ Founder of the aerial combat maneuver that still bears his name, Immelmann was credited with 15 victories, his final one coming on 30 March 1916. He will forever be associated with the Fokker Eindecker, Germany’s first fighter aircraft, and the first to be armed with a machine gun synchronized to fire forward through the propeller arc. Along with Oswald Boelcke and other pilots, Immelmann was one of the main instigators of the Fokker Scourge which inflicted heavy loses upon British and French aircrews during 1915.
~~~ Originally published in 1930 by John Hamilton in London, the book has been reprinted (most recently in the 1990’s by Greenhill Books as part of it’s Vintage Aviation Library) and each time has been reproduced from the original 1930’s version of the book.
~~~ This new Casemate edition has been entirely reoriginated. Not a word has been changed, but the original (very dated) type and page layout have been reworked, as has been the format in which the book is presented, to give a beautiful new treatment to this classic of aviation literature.


click to enlarge Franks, Norman and Alan Bennett. THE RED BARON'S LAST FLIGHT: An In-depth Investigation into what Really Happened on the Day von Richthofen was Shot Down. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Grub Steet, 2006). 8x10, illustrated throughout. 144 pages.

~~~ The mysterious events of April 21, 1918, the day the legendary Red Baron met his end, have kept the world captivated for decades.
~~~ There have been many theories, articles and books concerning exactly what took place but all previous accounts have been overshadowed by this groundbreaking book. Here is the definitive answer to one of history’s most compelling mysteries.
~~~ Taking you straight to the site of Richthofen’s final crash, leading aviation historian Norman Franks and pilot Alan Bennett dissect the evidence and expose what only eyewitnesses could see, complimented by a host of forensic and historical facts that illustrate in detail what actually occurred, when and how.


click to enlarge Franks, Norman, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery. UNDER THE GUNS OF THE RED BARON: The Complete Record of von Richthofen's Victories and Victims Fully Illustrated NEW copy, trade paperback. (Grub Steet, 2007). 8.75x10.25, illustrated throughout on art paper with b&w photographs and 10 sumptuous color paintings. 224 pages.

~~~ In the autumn of 2007, ninety years after this legendary fighter fell to earth, there will be a full length feature film released in the UK and Germany simply entitled The Red Baron, with Joseph Fiennes in the lead role.
~~~ Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen was the most feared and celebrated of all German pilots in World War I, and has become one of the iconic figures of history.
~~~ This book, by three respected historians, has researched in detail the lives of all of his 123 victims (over 100 of whom are depicted), and provides a blow-by-blow account of their encounter with the great man – a unique compilation of material.


click to enlarge McManus, Peter. RICHTHOFEN JAGDSTAFFEL AHEAD: RFC Fighter Pilots Out-performed and Out-gunned over the Western Front, 1917. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Grub Steet, 2008). 7.5x9.5, 200 color and b&w images and photos throughout. 224 pages.

~~~ In early 1917 the war in the air intensified on the Western Front in France. Richthofen's deadly Jagdstaffel 11 was flying vastly superior Albatros and Halberstadt planes, with synchronized machine guns. Into the fray came 40 Squadron RFC with its problematic FE8s.
~~~ No contest you would think, but the bravery and courage of men like Lionel Blaxland, Mick Mannock and their fellow pilots ensured the Germans did not have it all their own way.
~~~ Author Peter McManus has been extremely fortunate to have possession of Lionel Blaxland's five photo albums and log book. Having also interviewed him and researched documentary evidence of those hectic days, the result, together with the incomparable color artwork of John Batchelor, is an absolutely unique piece of work.
~~~ A must have for all students and historians of WWI, and collectors of memorabilia.


click to enlarge O'Connor, Mike, and Norman Franks. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RED BARON. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2005). 5.25x8.5, 100 b&w photographs. 160 pages.

~~~ Manfred von Richthofen became a fighter pilot on the Western Front in August 1916. By January 1917, Richthofen had shot down fifteen aircraft had been appointed commander of his own unit. He painted the fuselage of his Albatros D-III a bright red and was nicknamed the Red Baron. In June 1917, Richthofen was appointed commander of the German Flying Circus. Made up of Germany's top fighter pilots, this new unit was highly mobile and could be quickly sent to any part of the Western Front where it was most needed. Richthofen and his pilots achieved immediate success during the air war over Ypres during August and September.
~~~ Manfred von Richthofen was killed on 21st April 1918. Richthofen had destroyed 80 allied aircraft, the highest score of any fighter pilot during the First World War.
~~~ This book is divided into three sectors of the WWI front line in which von Richthofen operated. Each area is conveniently reached within hours. Airfield sites, memorials and the graves of Manfred's famous victims are described and directions for the battlefield walker are included with information on related museums and historic sites with special association with this most famous of fighter pilots.


[von Richthofen] edited by Suzanne Hayes-Fischer, MOTHER OF EAGLES: War Diary of Baroness von Richthofen. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 6x9. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 100 b&w photographs, 208 pages.
~~~ Baroness Kunigunde von Richthofen originally published Mein Kriegstagebuch (My War Diary) in 1937, at a time when tales of heroes of the First World War inspired the youth of a country being prepared for a second war. Mother of Eagles is the culmination of the translation of the war diary, along with numerous facts and information not included in the original work. Follow the youth and wartime exploits of Manfred and Lothar, the leading German aces of World War I, through the eyes of their mother and a nation. Letters to the Barronness from each of her sons intially depict the wartime conditions on the ground, and then evolve into vivid details about the exhiliration of the hunt in the air for ever increasing numbers of enemy planes. This book will not only appeal to those interested in the Red Baron and his ace brother, Lothar, but to anyone who is interested in reading of the civilian life in Germany during the Great War.


Treadwell & Wood, RICHTHOFEN'S FLYING CIRCUS. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Tempus Publishing, 1999). "Images of Aviation Series". 128 pages.
~~~ With their aerial fighting units outnumbers, the Germans in 1917 grouped 4 Jastas together to create the Army Air Services' first Jagdgeschwader. This unit took to the skies under the flamboyant command of Manfred von Richthofen, and soon gained fame among Allied opposition. This highly mobile unit traveled from front to front, wherever needed, and became known as Richthofen's Flying Circus, where Richthofen became known as the "Red Baron".


click to enlarge O'Connor, Neil W., AVIATION AWARDS OF IMPERIAL GERMANY IN WORLD WAR I AND THE MEN WHO EARNED THEM. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 700 b&w photographs, 528 pages.

~~~ The last of Neal O'Connor's series covering the air awards and pilots of Imperial Germany. The eight German states appear first in alphabetical order: thus we find the Duchy of Brunswick leading off the discussion; the Grand Duchy of Hesse; the Principality of Hohenzollern; the Principalities of Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe; the Grand Duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz; and the Principality of Waldeck; and finally, the three Free Hanse Cities of Bremen, Hamburg and L?beck. Among the forty-three biographies included in this volume are: Oblt. Ernst Freiherr von Althaus, Lt. Erwin Bohme, Oblt. Maximilian von Cossel, Lt. Ludwig Fritz Dornheim, Lt. Emil Florke, Offz.-Stv. Ludwig Friedewald, Rittm. Hans-Achim von Grone, Major Wilhelm Haehnelt, Lt. Franz von Kerssenbrock, Lt. Gunther Ludeke, Lt. Friedrich Niederhofer, Lt. Otto Parschau, Rittm. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, Lt. Karl-Emil Schaefer, Lt. Carl-August von Schoenebeck, Lt. Gunther Schroth, Lt. Otto-Martin Graf von Schwerin, Offz.-Stv. Gottlieb Vothknecht, Lt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Wichard, and Oblt. Heinz-Hellmuth von Wuhlisch.


Schuster, Wolfgang & Achim Sven Engels, FOKKER V5/Dr.1. NEW copy, PAPERBACK. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 75 b&w photographs & line drawings, 50 pages.
~~~ This famed tri-winged World War I German aircraft was flown by Manfred von Richthofen, and was as legendary then as it is now. Detailed text and photographs explain development, technical aspects, and operations.


click to enlarge Treadwell, Terry C. GERMAN & AUSTRIAN AIRCRAFT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Amberley, 2011). 7x10, 300 illustrations. 256 pages.

~~~ Much has been written about the British aircraft of World War One, but little has surfaced about the aircraft of the Axis powers, Germany and Austria. Here, Terry C. Treadwell tells the story of the aircraft from companies such as Fokker, builder of the famous triplane, as flown by Baron von Richthofen’s Flying Circus, AEG, Albatross, Junkers and Hansa. From reconnaissance aircraft to state of the art bombers that could reach London, this is the definitive guide to aircraft of the Axis powers during World War One.


click to enlarge "Vigilant". GERMAN WAR BIRDS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate, June 2014). 5x7.5, 288 pages.

~~~ This book, originally written in 1931 by “Vigilant” (the pen name for Claude Sykes), tells the dramatic tales of air combat as fought by the best German pilots of the First World War. Manfred von Richthofen, Max Immelmann, Oswald Boelcke and other famous daredevil flyers are joined by the lesser-known but equally resourceful colleagues such as Rudolph von Eschwege and Hand Shuz, taking part in furious battles in the sky and close escapes on the ground when brought down on the wrong side of the lines.
~~~ German War Birds contains some of the earliest information to appear after the war about air combat in the Middle East and Russia, as well as the Western Front, and about the significance of observation balloons as targets that were viciously attacked. The author focuses on the heart of the action and recreates the experiences of the airborne war with immediacy, excitement and a vivid turn of phrase, drawing the reader into events as they happen.


Woolley, Charles, WORLD WAR I GERMAN AVIATORS / SANKE CARDS. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2004). Over 300 b&w photographs, 300 pages.

~~~ For the first time in eighty-five years, the famous Sanke postcards of World War I Imperial German Aviators have been reproduced. Clear, large scale copies of all known and highly collectible Sanke personality photo postcards produced during World War I are now available, carefully replicated, and included all under one cover in this deluxe volume. Over 270 different cards of 132 individual aviators are included in this ground-breaking edition. Boelcke, Immelmann, the Richthofen brothers, Udet, and Gring are just a few of the famed aces and Pour le Mrite flyers photographed by Postkarten-Vertrieb Willi Sanke. Each postcard is given full page coverage, accompanied by a brief history of each man, together with his victories and highest attained award. A bibliography is included for the reader desiring to further research the lives of Germany's unusual, heralded, and greatest heroes of the First War. This book is a must for the student of uniforms as it depicts the amazing variety worn by the flyers of the Luftstreitkrfte 1914-1918, and also shows them wearing the multitude of awards and decorations presented to Germany's airborne heroes. Both private and museum collections have been combed to provide this book with the finest possible coverage ever compiled on the work of Willi Sanke and his talented photographers. This is an excellent companion volume to Schiffer's recently published Aviation Awards of Imperial Germany, Volume VII by the late Neal O'Connor.


click to enlarge Brandenfels, Horst Freiherr Treusch von Buttlar. ZEPPELINS OVER ENGLAND: 1914-18. NEW copy, hardcover. (Helion & Company, 2012). 6x9, 28 photographs. 152 pages.

~~~ The very name 'Zeppelin' spread fear and alarm through Britain during the First World War. These slow-moving craft flew, at first, virtually unopposed over the skies of Britain, arousing both intense fear and curiosity. By 1916 the raids were becoming increasingly costly as British air defenses improved, particularly given the limited military damage the Zeppelins were inflicting, and in the final year of the war only four raids were launched. Nevertheless, the Zeppelins remain an indelible part of the history of early aviation, and the First World War.
~~~ The author of this book, Horst Freiherr Treusch von Buttlar Brandenfels, commanded Zeppelins during the war, and flew on missions over England a number of times. In April 1918 he was awarded the famous 'Pour le Mérite' (sometimes called 'the Blue Max'), Prussia's highest military order. He describes in vivid and exciting prose what it was like to fly in and command a Zeppelin, braving not just the British air defenses but treacherous weather conditions. Sometimes simply keeping these enormous craft aloft was a challenge to the crew, before any enemy was even encountered. Von Buttlar Brandenfels was also constantly aware that his Zeppelin was a horrific fire hazard. Yet a spirit of adventure and bravery shine through his account, which is a highly readable personal story, allowing the reader to really get a feel for what it was like to take to the skies in a Zeppelin over England.
~~~ This edition has been newly typeset and has been expanded by a new introductory essay providing further details about the author's career and the German Zeppelin raids over Britain. This fascinating account is being published in a strictly limited edition hardback run of just 250 copies, each copy individually numbered.


To be released March 2012

Cross, Wilbur, ZEPPELINS OF WORLD WAR I. NF/NF. Remainder mark on bottom of book (page edges). (NY: Barnes & Noble, 1991). Photographs, glossary, bibliography, index, 220 pages.
~~~ The story of the little-known aerial battles that took place over England during the Great War. Zeppelins of World War I details the saga of the most daring aerial campaigns of the Great War, the story of the development of dirigibles by Germany as machines of war, the psychological horror of air raids on London, the heroic efforts of England's fighter pilots to shoot down these invading monsters and the consequent failure of Zeppelins to bring England to its knees.
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT. Paperback currently in print at $15.95.


click to enlarge Gardiner, Ian. THE FLATPACK BOMBERS: The Royal Navy and the Zeppelin Menace. NEW copy, hardcover. (Pen and Sword, 2009). 6x9, 16 pages of b&w photographs. 224 pages.

~~~ Our vision of aviation in the First World War is dominated by images of gallant fighter pilots duelling with each other high over the Western Front. But it was the threat of the Zeppelin which spurred the British government into creating the Royal Flying Corps, and it was this ‘menace’, which no aircraft could match in the air at the beginning of the war, which led Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy to set about bombing these airships on the ground. Thus in 1914, the Royal Naval Air Service, with their IKEA-style flatpack airplanes, pioneered strategic bombing. Moreover, through its efforts to extend its striking range in order to destroy Zeppelins in their home bases, the Royal Navy developed the first true aircraft carriers.
~~~ This book is the story of those largely forgotten very early bombing raids. It explains the military and historical background to the first British interest in military and naval aviation, and why it was that the Navy pursued long distance bombing, while the Army concentrated on reconnaissance. Every bomber raid, and every aircraft carrier strike operation since, owes its genesis to those early naval flyers, and there are ghosts from 1914 which haunt us still today.


click to enlarge Mower, Mark. ZEPPELIN OVER SUFFOLK: The Final Raid of L48. NEW copy, paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2009). 6x9, 50 illustrations. 160 pages.

~~~ Zeppelin Over Suffolk tells the remarkable story of the destruction of a German airship over East Anglia in 1917. The drama is set against the backdrop of Germany's aerial bombing campaign on Britain in the First World War, using a terrifying new weapon, the Zeppelin.
~~~ The course of the raid on that summer night is reconstructed in vivid detail, moment by moment - the Zeppelin's take off from northern Germany, its slow journey across the North Sea, the bombing run along the East Anglian coast, the pursuit by British fighters high over Suffolk, and the airship's final moments as it fell to earth in flames near the village of Theberton in the early morning of 17 June 1917.
~~~ Mark Mower gives a gripping account of a pivotal episode in the pioneering days of the air war over England.


Robinson, Douglas H., THE ZEPPELIN IN COMBAT: A History of the German Naval Airship Division. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dustjacket, laminated pictorial boards. 8.5x11. (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing). Over 350 b&w photographs, line-drawings & charts, 400 pages.
~~~ The standard reference now revised and expanded. Dr. Robinson has opened up his vast photo archives to enhance this new edition of his classic work. Much of the new photographic material is published here for the first time.


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