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Product Details

  • Series: Duel (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034329
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"SPAD XIII vs Fokker D VII is the gripping story of two of the best fighters produced in World War I-the SPAD XIII and the Fokker D-VII-as they dueled in the skies above the trenches in the closing months of the war. Never before published artwork, including fascinating cockpit illustrations, reveal several dramatic clashes between the two foes while diary entries and first-hand accounts from the pilots bring this classic World War I duel to life with intimate detail." -Flying Models (August 2009)

"In this book, the author, Jon Guttman, discusses the development of both aircraft as well as their technical specifications and deployments to the front. Pilot training and tactics are also part of the story and one will find quite a few 'I was there' stories to add some spice to the book... In all, a superlative inclusion to this series. It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and is one that I know you will find a delight as well." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness www.modelingmadness.com (July 2009)

"Guttman profiles the great pilots of the era, deftly incorporating research on exactly how well they liked their respective mounts. But I must confess that what impressed me most were the full-color illustrations of aircraft profiles, cockpits and equipment, which give a rarely seen perspective of the aircraft." - Walter J. Boyne, Aviation History (July 2010)

About the Author

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Specialising in World War 1 aviation, he has written 12 titles, including the popular Balloon Busting Aces of World War I.

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SPAD XIII Vs FOKKER D VII is an excellent addition to the series.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 15, 2009
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To my mind, the Spad 13 and Fokker D 7 were tough, slab-sided dogfighting brutes. Effective killing machines, yes; Graceful, no. Jon Guttman compares and contrasts these two classic dogfighters in this 2009 Osprey title. Done in the usual "Duel" format, it should appeal to any World War I air combat buffs out there.

As with other series titles, SPAD XIII Vs FOKKER D VII, WESTERN FRONT 1918 examines the Technical Development and Background of each fighter, the Training received by Spad and Fokker pilots, the Strategic Situation when the aircraft came into use, Combats fought between the two, Stats and Analysis and so on.

The most fascinating part of these Duel titles, to me, has always been that last item - Analysis, the reasons behind the duel's outcome. For example, the Fokker D VII was Germany's best WW I fighter. Flown by many of its best pilots, they held the home court advantage since they usually only sought combat over their own lines. Despite some initial engine problems, the Spad XIII was a first-rate design as well. Pilot experience levels amongst the French and American units who flew the Spad however varied, some USAS pilots being pretty green compared to their Fokker opponents. Yet, though the Fokker took a heavy toll of Allied a/c, its record against Spad units was pretty much a draw. To understand why, read the book!

Guttman's book is the usual Osprey combination of b&w photographs, color three-views, battle scenes, cockpit and armament close-ups, maps, etc. As always, Jim Laurier, who did the cover artwork and most of the inside art, turns in a great job. I wish Osprey would make more use of his considerable talents in their "Aces" and "Elite Units" series.

After a somewhat shaky start, the "Duel" series has been turning out some interesting, informative and visually appealing histories. SPAD XIII Vs FOKKER D VII is an excellent addition to the series. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Panozzo on January 26, 2014
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Jon Guttman is a preeminent aero historian. He has written numerous articles for magazines and has executed a number of Osprey Publishing volumes. In this particular duel series volume, Guttman examines the confrontation between what are arguably the best fighters to see action in World War One. Reviewer Michael O'Connor has well-assessed the merits of this book and I am sure I acquired this title with increased assurance of it's excellence based on his endorsement! I particularly enjoy reading about World War One aviation and these Osprey Duel series profiles are extremely valuable. I like that they are concise and yet well-researched. The photos and artwork in these profiles are awesome! Some of the finest illustrators, Harry Dempsey, Mark Postlethwaite, and Jim Laurier amaze me with their artistry in this volume! I particularly enjoy the cockpit views of the aircraft and their profiles!. I highly recommend this Osprey Duel title as well as Guttman's other titles! Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker: Western Front 1916 (Duel). This is Guttman's latest title due out in April of 2014! Other titles currently available: SPAD VII vs Albatros D III: 1917-18 (Duel). and Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I: Western Front 1917-18 (Duel). and. SE 5a vs Albatros D V: Western Front 1917-18 (Duel)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Ryan on July 8, 2010
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These short books, by their nature, are a mile wide and an inch deep. The illustrations are excellent w/ the - too me - exception of the inclusion of a two page oil painting that is poorly rendered. The "book" would have been better served by the inclusion of another two pages of text and/or pictures.

Pros: The author knows his material, the cover, three views, cockpits are excellent and the chronology is helpful. The pictures are a good mix of the familiar and rare.

Cons: Too short and the material presented only scratched the surface as a result. Perhaps related to length is the odd omission of French production/deployment figures for the SPAD XIII in the Design and Development section. The relevant figures are listed for other countries (UK, USA and even Belgium) but the figures for the primary user are not; just odd.
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