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 : 21st February|
|21||February||1930||Heinrich Kroll, a WW1 Ace with 30.00 victories, died on this day|
|21||February||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Sub Lt.T. V. Worrall of 111 Squadron, was Killed.|
|21||February||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O L. G. H. Kells of 29 Squadron, was Killed.|
|21||February||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. S. Gilders of 72 Squadron, was Killed.|
|21||February||1941||Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O M. K. Brown of 242 Squadron, was Killed.|
|21||February||1941||Hauptmann Edmund Daser of 1./Kampfgeschwader 40 was awarded the Knight's Cross|
|21||February||1945|| Harold Whitmore of 339th Fighter Group, 361st Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262|
|21||February||1971||James Knowles, a WW1 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day|
|21||February||1994||General Johannes Steinhoff, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|
|21||February||1994||Johannes Steinhoff, a WW2 Ace with 176.00 victories, died on this day|
|21||February||1994||Knight's Cross recipient Johannes Steinhoff of 4./Jagdgeschwader 52 died on this day|
|21||February||1999||Air Master Sergeant Eino Ilmari Juutilainen, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|
|21||February||1999||Eino Juutilainen, a WW2 Ace with 94.17 victories, died on this day|
|21||February||2010||Bob Doe, a WW2 Ace with 15.00 victories, died on this day|
|21||February||2010||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. F. T. Doe of 234 & 238 Squadrons, Passed away.|
|21||February||2010||Wing Commander Bob Doe, DSO, DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day|