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Retribution and Recovery. German Aircraft and Aviation 1919-1922

Hardback, 288 pages, 21 x 29.7 cm, 504 photos, maps, tables, listings. In English. Published December 2014 by Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd

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Retribution and Recovery. German Aircraft and Aviation 1919-1922
Lennart Andersson and Ray Sanger

Book of the Month     5 stars = Outstanding    "The authors are to be congratulated on a truly fantastic publication, worth every penny"
Aeroplane April 2015

"This book is ground-breaking and, with profuse illustrations, fills in a huge gap in our knowledge of the first World War and its aftermath."
Aviation World, Spring 2015

"This is magnificent, breaking new ground in terms of the information presented, and very highly detailed. The authors are to be congratulated for putting it all together. (...) It is definitely a book worth having as it sheds a lot of light on a previously dark area of aviation history."
Cross and Cockade International, 1/2015

"Perhaps most impressive of all, at least initially, is the truly astonishing collection of illustrations accompanying the text, well reproduced on glossy paper. (...) As well as recording a fascinating story, this volume will quickly become the standard reference for the subject and a mine of information for researchers concerned with both military and civil aviation in the early inter-war years."
The Aviation Historian No 13

With the end of the First World War in 1918 and the beginning of punitive reparations, the Inter- Allied Commission of Control began to roam its way far and wide across Europe; its mandate: to seek out and destroy all German aeronautical material and military aviation production facilities.

Airfields and factories were surveyed, technical advances made by aeronautical designers and engineers assessed. The Commission's inspectors targeted every aspect of aviation-related activity - from aircraft and airships to aero engines; instrumentation and wireless equipment through to armament - as part of the Allies' systematic demilitarisation of Germany.

Focussing specifically on the effect that the Armistice terms and the provisions of the Peace Treaty had on the German aviation industry, Retribution and Recovery details for the first time how many of the wartime military aircraft and post war civil designs found their way to other parts of the world, sometimes by surprising means. A detailed account of all Austro-Hungarian and German aircraft and their fates after WW I. Based on extensive research in German archives.

- Historical Background and Timeline
- Disarmament Following the Armistice
- Disarmament Following the Peace Treaty
- Aircraft and Airships Used by the Entente Powers and the USA (Belgium, France, Great Britain and Dominions, Italy, Japan and the USA)
- German Aviation Industry
- German Military and Paramilitary Operations
- German Airlines and Civil Aviation
- German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Used by the other Central Powers (Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey)
- German and Austro-Hungarian Aircraft Used in Other Countries (Argentina, Armenia, Chile, China, Czechoslovakia, Danzig, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and others)
References, Index, etc