Nieuport 11/16 Bébé vs Fokker Eindecker

Western Front 1916


Author: Jon Guttman

Illustrators: Jim Laurier and Mark Postlethwaite

This 80 page paperback back book is number 59 in the Duel Series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

The appearance in July 1915 of the Fokker E I heralded a reign of terror over the Western Front that the Allies called the ‘Fokker Scourge’. The French Nieuport 11 was one type desperately thrown into action to counter the Fokkers. The swirling dogfights between this fighter and its more powerful but more unwieldy stable mate, the Nieuport 16,created a succession of improved Fokkers., The Fokker E II, E III and E IV, came to symbolize air combat in World War I.

This book provides a detailed look at the developmental history of the fighters, contrasting the interrupter gear-equipped Fokker with the more improvised solution incorporated in the Nieuport – a machine gun fitted to the upper wing to avoid the propeller entirely. The Germans went on to abandon the monoplane in favor of a new and deadly generation of biplane fighters, based on the lessons learned from these vicious engagements and influenced by the success of the French Nieuport.

The contents of this book are;

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Strategic Situation
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Further Reading
  • Index

With the large number of color drawings and excellent B&W photographs the reader receives an excellent view of these World War I planes. This book is an excellent reference book for the modeler because of the color drawings and the photographs can provide ideas for small vignettes. The wargamer and historian will also find this book valuable for all the dimensions and statistics provided.

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