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Osprey Publishings release for March sees them launch a book on the Albatros D.III Johannisthal, OAW, and Oeffag variants which were produced and saw heavy service throughout 1917.
Albatros D.III
Johannisthal, OAW, and Oeffag variants

Air Vanguard -13
Illustrators: Henry Morshead James F. Miller Adam Tooby
Paperback
64 pages
ISBN - 9781782003717
March 2014

About this book
In 1916 German aerial domination, once held sway by rotary-engined Fokker and Pfalz E-type wing-warping monoplanes, had been lost to the more nimble French Nieuports and British DH 2s which not only out-flew the German fighters but were present in greater numbers. Born-from-experience calls from German fighter pilots requested that, rather than compete with the maneuverability of these adversaries, new single-engine machines should be equipped with higher horsepower engines and armed with two rather than the then-standard single machine gun. The Robert Thelen-led Albatros design bureau set to work on what became the Albatros D.I and D.II and by April 1916, they had developed a sleek yet rugged machine that featured the usual Albatros semi-monocoque wooden construction and employed a 160hp Mercedes D.III engine with power enough to equip the aeroplane with two forward-firing machine guns. In all, 500 D.IIIs and 840 D.III(OAW)s were produced and saw heavy service throughout 1917.
Contents
Introduction
Design and Development
Technical Specifications and Variants
Operational History
Conclusion
Bibliography and Further Reading


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