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FE 2b/d vs. Albatros Scouts

FE 2b/d vs. Albatros Scouts Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review February 2014 Title FE 2b/d vs. Albatros Scouts
Author James F. Miller Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9781780963259
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95

Review

Another decidedly recommended Osprey addition!

Every historical conflict witnesses combatants doggedly pursuing advantages over enemies.  Osprey's FE 2 b/d vs. Albatros Scouts echoes this axiom – pitting a rotary engine "pusher" against a sleek, inline-engined machine.

Subtitled "Western Front 1916 - 17" author James F. Millerexamines and compares both biplanes in detail, beginning with the end of the "Fokker Scourge" during the summer of 1916.

Following a brief introduction and useful chronology, subsequent portions focus on development history, technical specifications and camouflage.  And after briefly discussing the strategic situation and combatants, Miller weaves in personal accounts as he delves into exciting aerial struggles for superiority.

Nearly sixty historic photographs (including Richthofen's fur-lined flight helmet complete with bullet hole!) augment the author's account.  Artwork and color profiles by Jim Laurier and Mark Postlethwaite flavor text.

Miller neatly concludes with analysis and aftermath sections.  And a bibliography, index and list of Osprey titles complete this book.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!

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