By Norman Franks
The Albatros relatives of combatants have been among the best plane hired by means of the Idlfieg (Imperial German Air carrier) for far of global conflict 1, with the D.III and D.Va being flown by means of lots of the 363 pilots who certified as aces sooner or later of their usually short careers. The Albatros used to be the scourge of the RFC at the Western entrance in 1916-17, with pilots of the calibre of von Richthofen, Boelke and Schleich slicing swathes via their rivals. good over 4000 Albatros scouts have been equipped among 1916 and 1918, and so they have been additionally broadly utilized by the Austro-Hungarians opposed to Russian, Italian and British airplane until eventually war's finish.
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Such is our awe that there is room for little else in the landscape. This is not there course of wisdom. It is still necessary to study and to parakeet a plan of general operation around our major weapons. But we begin with a false estimate of their value if we already discount those other vast problems of national security which by their nature remain relatively static. we learn from history only that we do not learn from history.? Once again, this remains to be proved. As a military historian I believe that the lessons of the last war are as pertinent to our study of how to prepare in the future as were the lessons of World War I to our situation before 1939.
I repeat, there was only one man at hand to replace the many who were being killed on that day. That was the low point so far as the immediate reserve in France was concerned. But the situation with respect to infantry replacements arriving from or training in the United States grew steadily worse. By November the theaters were scraping the bottom of the barrel. Battle was continuing to take its daily toll from the infantry divisions then in line. As in World War I, some of our hastily trained re-enforcements were arriving at the front without a working knowledge of their weapons.
He would begin to understand the importance of weapons in the light of their combat limitations as well as their uses, and fresh warmth would be added to matters which he now regards as coldly mechanical. What I advocate, in brief, is the substitution of reality for romance in all discussion of the battlefield, and the introduction into training in the maximum measure possible of the same element which steadies a command during its trial by fire. On the field of fire it is the touch of human nature which gives men courage and enables them to make proper use of their weapons.
Albatros Aces of World War I by Norman Franks