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FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts
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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 06:25 PM UTC
This review examines the 55th title of Osprey’s Duel series, FE 2b/d vs Albatros Scouts, Western Front 1916-17. The book explains the development, employment, and combat history of those two Great War aerial adversaries and the men who fought them, against the other through each aircrafts’ heyday , and beyond. The primary combat “duel” focuses on the July 1917 battle in which Rittmeister von Richthofen, at the zenith of his prowess, was knocked down in combat with the obsolescent FE 2.

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 04:04 AM UTC
Nit picky... the Baron shoot down painting would actually show the near collision of the two adversaries, this is desribed in other tales of the shoot down, See Osprey's Pusher Aces or the JG 1, Flying Circus, books. Both Richtofen and Woodbridge's account mention the long range (300 meters/1000 ft) And how surprised the two were at the result. It is Woodbridge who mentions the red alb passing directly under the Fee(the Baron was at the time blind and paralysed).