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DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916

DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2012 Title DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916
Author James F. Miller Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2012 ISBN 9781849087049
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


Throughout history, combatants relentlessly sought advantage over enemies.  And advancements in technology often paved paths to victory.

That’s the thesis underpinning Osprey’s excellent DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II: Western Front 1916.

James F. Miller superbly sets the stage with notes on the “Fokker Scourge” and nascent fighter technologies – followed by a compact chronology.  Design notes, technical remarks, and camouflage comments on both aircraft follow.  And after summarizing competing air services, Miller’s effort achieves apex with thrilling accounts of 1916 aerial combat.

The epic struggle in the skies over France pitted nimble, under-gunned DH 2s against faster, better-armed Albatros D Is and IIs.  Germany ultimately regained air superiority.  And future legend Manfred von Richthofen first emerged.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Osprey’s splendid study concludes with statistical analyses and bibliographic comments.  Brilliantly helpful illustrations, photos, sidebars, charts, glossary, maps, and index cap this compact chronicle.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!