Author: Greg VanWyngarden
Company: Osprey Publishing
Jagdstaffel 17, better known as Jasta 17, was one of the premier German fighter squadrons of World War I. It began as Kampfstaffel Metz, and later became known as Jasta 17. Although not as famous some of the other units, it nevertheless produced its share of aces, and three of its members were knights of the Orden Pour le Merite, holders of the coveted Blue Max. Julius Buckler, with 35 confirmed victories, was the highest scoring ace of Kampfstaffel Metz. Other standouts included Oblt Bruno Loerzer, Hermann Goring, Jacob Wolff (who was 48 years old when he scored his last victory, and was also Jewish), Vzfw Christian Donhauser, and a number of others who either transferred in and out of the unit, or served briefly until becoming casualties.
Although this book is a history or the unit, it reads like a novel and tells the story very well, illustrating the writing skills of the author. When I started it, I had difficulty putting it down, and in keeping with my practice of never going anywhere without something interesting to read, I carried the book around for quite a while until it was finished.