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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 : 19th June
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
19June1917E Kruten, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
19June1918Francesco Baracca, a WW1 Ace with 34.00 victories, died on this day
19June1940Feldwebel Willi Schultz of 6./Kampfgeschwader 30 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1941Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a SM81
19June1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. C. Berwick of 25 Squadron, was Killed.
19June1941Former Czech Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt V. Brejcha of 43 Squadron, was Killed.
19June1942 David Scott-Malden of North Weald Wing, shot down a Fw190
19June1942Feldwebel Rudolf Müller of 6./Jagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Hauptmann of the Reserves Heinz Kroseberg of Wüstennotstaffel was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Helmut Belser, a WW2 Ace with 36.00 victories, died on this day
19June1942Knight's Cross recipient Helmut Belser of 3./Jagdgeschwader 53 died on this day
19June1942Leutnant Heinz Graber of 7./Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberfeldwebel Max Stotz of 5./Jagdgeschwader 54 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberleutnant Benno Herrmann of 4./Kampfgeschwader 76 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1942Oberleutnant Karl Schrepfer of 6./Sturzkampfgeschwader 1 was awarded the Knight's Cross
19June1944Flight Lieutenant John Stafford of No.486 Sqn RAF shot down a V-1
19June1944Helmut Grollmuss, a WW2 Ace with 75.00 victories, died on this day
19June1947Jacques Ortoli, a WW1 Ace with 11.00 victories, died on this day
19June1965Otto Fruhner, a WW1 Ace with 27.00 victories, died on this day
19June1995Former British Battle of Britain pilot, S/Ldr. P. W. Townsend DFC of 85 Squadron, Passed away.
19June1995Group Captain Peter Townsend CVO, DSO, DFC, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
19June2006Knight's Cross recipient Bruno Sassen of 10./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3 died on this day
19June2007David Philips, a WW2 Ace with 5.00 victories, died on this day

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