By Nicholas Michael, Gerry Embleton

King John the great of France used to be captured by way of the English on the conflict of Poitiers in 1356; his 14-year-old son Philip fought valiantly via his part until eventually the sour finish, and once he was once able to accomplish that, King John rewarded his son's braveness and devotion via designating him Duke of Burgundy, a identify that by accident had simply turn into extinct. Philip used to be the 1st of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy and this attention-grabbing textual content via Nicholas Michael examines the functioning and association of the Burgundian armies from the start of his reign until eventually the time of the final of the Valois Dukes: Charles the daring.

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After several passes his opponent rapidly lost altitude, but Yanchenko failed to locate any wreckage. Five days later, flying the same fighter, he twice attacked enemy aeroplanes. Again, one of his opponents fell out of formation and headed for Brzeżany, on the enemy side of the lines. Yanchenko later reported, ‘I attacked and shot down an enemy spotter aeroplane. During its fall it turned over in the air several times’. He claimed that the enemy aircraft fell west of Adamuvka in the region of Potutory.

In memory of this event Smirnov was photographed near his Type I with the captive German pilot. At 0900 hrs on 3 May Podporuchik (Second Lieutenant) Zhabrov of the 2nd KAO and Praporshchik Smirnov of the 19th KAO engaged a Fokker monoplane fighter in combat north of Bol’shovtse. Following the encounter the German pilot descended abruptly in his own territory, and after landing Smirnov and Zhabrov found bullet holes in their aircraft. This photograph of Smirnov was taken when he visited an airfield of the 7th AOI during the spring of 1917.

On 20 September 1914, when fighting was already in full swing, Kokorin, with the rank of Starshyi Unter-Officer (senior non-commisioned officer), passed his pilot’s test on a Nieuport monoplane and was sent to the front. In December he was transferred to the 4th KAO, where he proved to be an excellent scout pilot. For courageous reconnaissance flights and the successful bombing of enemy positions from March 1915 to June 1916, Kokorin was decorated with all four soldier’s Crosses of St George. The future Russian ace also had his first air combats at that time, a 4th KAO report noting that ‘on 14 April 1916 pilot Unter-Officer Kokorin and observer Podporuchik Belokurov, armed only with revolvers during deep rear reconnaissance on an MS type L, attacked an Albatros and drove it aCes of the 1st BaG Fokker was submerged by the waves of the incoming tide.

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