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Groupe de Combat 12, Les Cigognes
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP AEU18
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Author: Jon Guttman
Illustrator: Harry Dempsey

About this book
This book traces the combat history of the most famous and highest-scoring fighter group in France's World War I Aviation Militaire. Groupe de Combat 12 boasted the highest-scoring Allied fighter pilot, Rene Fonck, and France's most celebrated hero of the air, Georges Guynemer. Its ranks included numerous other famous aces, such as Rene's Dorme, Alfred Heurteaux, Albert Deullin, and American volunteers Edwin Parsons and Frank L. Baylies. Additionally, Guynemer was instrumental in developing France's premier series of fighter planes, the SPAD VII, XII, XIII and XVII.

  • The quest for air superiority (early exploits of GC.12's squadrons)
  • Gathering the Storks (Formation of GC.12 and operations over Verdun, Champagne and the Somme)
  • Tragic glory over Flanders (July 1917-January 1918)
  • Resurgence and revenge (1918)
  • Escadrilles and commanders of GC.12
Paperback; November 2004; 128 pages; ISBN: 9781841767536

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