The year is 1940, and Europe is at war. Jyn Erso keeps her head down,
apart from the occasional brushes with the law. She doesn’t care about
flags or countries or sides or allegiances. She’s been on her own for a
good, long time, and she won’t fight for anyone except herself.
when she gets into trouble in German-occupied France, she doesn’t expect
anyone’s help – least of all a so-called rescue party spearheaded by
the Resistance, who break her out in order to make an offer that
promises to change her life forever.
Her father is a scientist
working for Germany, and with his help, they have the potential and
capacity to inflict untold damage using a new weapon. He needs to be
found, and Captain Cassian Andor thinks she’s the one to do it.
Featuring: Explosions, espionage, gunfights and disguises. K2-SO as a British intelligence officer who keeps his sarcasm, Chirrut and Baze as an unconventional guerilla fighter duo, and Bodhi as a German pilot who makes a courageous choice to change the course of the war. A renegade American smuggler called Han Solo might even make a special appearance.
April 5, 1917 - British and French Gearing up for Spring Offensive.
Pictured - RFC Bristols in the air.
It was no secret that the Allies were gearing up for another massive onslaught in the West. France’s new military chief, Robert Nivelle, promised to end the war within weeks by breaking through the Hindenburg Line on the Aisne River. The British First, Third, and Fifth Armies would play a supporting role, taking the German positions at Arras, Vimy Ridge, and St. Quentin alongside the French.
The most obvious sign of the build-up was a large aerial campaign by the British Royal Flying Corps. British pilots were flying around the clock, conducting reconnaissance, bombing German troops, and providing a fighter screen against German counterattacks. However, this month of aerial warfare would be forever remembered as Bloody April because of its lopsided casualty rate.
British pilots were being rushed to the front with little experience or training. Many arrived at their squadron aerodromes with only a couple of hours experience flying solo. The Germans, on the other hand, had recently formed highly specialized fighter units. The British called them “flying circuses” after their colorful paint schemes, but squadrons like the Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 11, commanded by Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Baron, were no laughing matter. Flying new, modern fighters like the Albatross D.III, they made short work of many of their opponents.
One British pilot, Leefe Robinson, had the bad luck to be shot down during a sortie on April 5. A year ago he had won the Victoria Cross for shooting down a German Zeppelin over England, and when he crash-landed his plane the German pilot who shot him down had a fine time tormenting him. “The Boche harried and badgered and bullied him in every way possible,” wrote a fellow prisoner.
Having been the first to fly an aeroplane to war for Britain Lieutenant H. D. Harvey-Kelly was involved in the first recorded aerial victory for the Royal Flying Corps on 25th August 1914. Seeing an Rumpler ‘Taube’ whilst flying with two companions of 2 Squadron RFC, Harvey-Kelly dived on the tail of the enemy aircraft. The terrified German pilot tried to escape the whirling blades of Harvey-Kelly’s BE2b. The two other British pilots joined in the game 'boxing in’ the hapless German who had no other choice but to land in the nearest field. Before the 'Taube’ came to a complete halt the German pilot was out of the cockpit and disappeared into a nearby wood. During the whole engagement not a single shot was fired as none of the 'combatants’ was armed!
Erich Hartmann - The Blond Knight of the Luftwaffe
During the Second World War, one German Luftwaffe pilot compiled a combat record so remarkable that he earned the distinction of becoming the most successful fighter pilot in the history of humanity. Erich Hartmann, called the Blond Knight of the German Luftwaffe, achieved the staggering total of 352 confirmed victories. Hartmann’s incredible combat record earned him the coveted diamonds to his Knight’s Cross from Hitler personally. He was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire.
Unteroffizier Werner Peinemann of Sturmstaffel 1 sits in the cockpit of his Fw 190, whilst a mechanic rests on the 50 mm plate of strengthened frontal-plate glass. This aircraft also has 30 mm armoured glass quarter and side panels. Wounded in action on 4 March 1944, Peinemann joined 11./JG 3 upon his recovery two months later. He then transferred to 7.(Sturm)/JG 4 on 21 August 1944 and was killed when his fighter crashed on take-off on 28 September. Peinemann had a solitary victory credit to his name at the time of his death
Photo & Caption featured in Osprey Aviation Elite Units 20: Luftwaffe Sturmgruppen.