Jasta 18 - The Red Noses

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Jasta 18 - The Red Noses

By Greg VanWyngarden; Harry Dempsey (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781849083355, 128pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011

The history of Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel (or Jasta) 18 is one of the more unique and complex of German fighter squadrons of World War I. In fact, the unit could be said to have had something of a split personality. Formed in Flanders at the end of October 1916, the Jasta was first commanded by Oblt von Grieffenhagen, who led it to 35 victories in nine months. In August 1917, the aggressive and demanding Oblt Rudolf Berthold took over the Staffel and brought a cadre of seasoned pilots with him from his former command. Berthold molded his new unit into a dedicated group of hunters, and left his stamp on the unit with a striking color scheme of red-nosed Pfalz and Albatros fighters with dark blue fuselage and tail surfaces. This book tells the complete story of the unit: its victories, defeats, and the great aces who flew the red-nosed fighters.

Praise For Jasta 18 - The Red Noses

"[An] informed and detailed history of the famed Jasta ... which takes us from the squadron's formation in Flanders, through its final days at Montigen ... a must have for modelers." -Tim Kidwell, Model Retailer

"... a well-done squadron history, with accounts of many fliers during the organization's service life and within the perspective of broader operations." -Peter Kilduff, Between the Bookends