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The Kaisers Battle by Stan Stokes.


The Kaisers Battle by Stan Stokes.

By the spring of 1918 WW I was fast approaching its climax. In the East, Russia had collapsed, allowing Germany to amass a force of 3.5 million troops in 194 divisions on the all-important Western Front. The German strategy was to end the War before the full brunt of American involvement could swing the balance irretrievably in favor of the Allies. In an offensive of titanic proportions, later known as the Kaisers Battle, German forces strove to break the three-and-a-half year stalemate in trench warfare. This massive offensive would combine the use of sturmtruppen trained to infiltrate Allied positions, massed artillery attacks, and finally schlachtstasffein which were formations of specialized ground attack aircraft. These units, while lacking the publicity of the fighter squadrons, played a more offensive role than any other aircraft of WW I. As part of German industrys Amerika Programm, begun in mid-1917 to counter the anticipated arrival of an American air armada, the Imperial German Air Force called for the development of a new light, compact, highly maneuverable, two-seat aircraft to be known as the CL class. These new aircraft were to be offensive machines to be used to escort bombers and strafe trenches. One of the most successful of the new class of aircraft was the Hannover CL IIIa. The Hannover, as a single-engined aircraft, was unique in having a biplane tail. Its purpose was to reduce the tailplane span, thereby affording a wider field of fire for the observer/gunner. For a two seat aircraft the CL IIIa was a smallish (38 foot wingspan) and compact aircraft, and was often mistaken by Allied scouts as a single seater, whereupon they were speedily disabused of their illusion by a hail of fire from the observers Parabellum machine-gun. The small size of this aircraft imparted great maneuverability and an excellent field of view for its pilot. Powered by an Argus As III engine, the Hannover also utilized a plywood fuselage, giving the aircraft great strength and the ability to withstand a lot of punishment. These characteristics made the CL IIIa an ideal ground attack aircraft. More than one thousand of these airplanes were built, and they entered service in late 1917. The Hannoveranas, as they were called by the RFC, were without doubt, formidable opponents. Major James McCudden, V.C., the RFCs fourth ranking ace with 57 victories, was to write: These machines are very deceptive and pilots are apt to mistake them for Albatros scouts until they get to close range, when up pops the Hun gunner from inside his office. Johann Baur, who later became the personal pilot of Adolf Hitler, flew Hannovers and claimed nine victories. In Stan Stokes dramatic depiction, a CL IIIa strafes counter-attacking British Mk IV tanks in a shell pocked landscape during the Spring offensive of 1918, Germanys supreme bid for victory in the West.
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Aviation History Timeline : 22nd November
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22November1916Stephan Kirmaier, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
22November1941Knight's Cross recipient Werner Mlders of III./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
22November1941Oberst Werner Molders, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22November1941Werner Molders, a WW2 Ace with 115.00 victories, died on this day
22November1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. W. Brown of 600 Squadron, was Killed.
22November1943Generalmajor Hermann Plocher of chief of the Generalstab Luftflotte 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Adolf Borchers of 11./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Emil Badorrek of 4./Fernaufklrungs-Gruppe 11 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Gnter Hitz of 2./Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Hauptmann Helmut Waldecker of I./Kampfgeschwader 6 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Emil Lang of 9./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Johann Muhr of 5./Flak-Abteilung 505 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Leutnant Willy Kientsch of 6./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Major Helmut Strchel of III./Kampfgeschwader 30 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberfeldwebel Albin Wolf of 6./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Herbert Bartels of 3./Flak-Regiment 293 (mot) was awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Joachim Brendel of 1./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1943Oberleutnant Maximilian Mayerl of 9./Jagdgeschwader 51 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
22November1969Otto Hohne, a WW1 Ace with 6.00 victories, died on this day
22November2001Lt Colonel Ronnie Hay, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22November2001Ronald Hay, a WW2 Ace with 13.00 victories, died on this day

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