Kaiser's Aces (Legends of Aviation 1)
By Marek J. Murawski
Publisher: Kagero 2003 81 Pages
PDF 31 MB
As WW1 began in August 1914, military aviation was still in its infancy. Headquarters in all the European countries that had commenced warfare were very skeptical as to possibility of military use for aircraft. In the beginning, the chief and actually only application of aviation was to be short-range frontline reconnaissance as well as observation and guidance of artillery fire.
The Reich's high command was rather quick to understand the significance of air reconnaissance. This was possible owing to the successes achieved before the war by air ships designed on Lake Boden at Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin's company. The air ships of his design had taken part in imperial military operations, where they proved useful for observation of army moves. Since then, the Germans had been paying greater attention to air reconnaissance pursued by devices heavier than air. The aircraft assigned to carious armies and corps contributed to a certain degree to initial German successes on the western front. The imperial air service was organized into units of six aircraft named Feldflieger-Abteilungen, contracted to FEA (field air units). Each was assigned to one army or corps, under which it served. However, despite the initial successes of the air service, the High Command was not interested in further development of the new kind of weapon. Basic technical personnel was lacking, fuel and spare parts deliveries were bad, aircraft crews were not assigned ground personnel teams.