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The bombing of the Milan power plants by Austro-Hungarian military aviators was a high-risk commando raid on a completely new strategic target. However, this plan only became feasible in February 1916, when Ferdinand Porsche was able to supply the improved Austro-Daimler engine and Lohner-Werke the new B.VII aircraft model. Now, at last, a unique opportunity arose for the attack on the power supply of the Italian war industry. But for this unprecedented squadron flight, all performance limits had to be at least reached, and the plan, despite the greatest secrecy, was betrayed even at the last moment.

The author has succeeded for the first time in reconstructing the history of this feat without any gaps. The documentation of this particularly exciting chapter of imperial and royal military aviation is complemented by many previously published articles. The documentation of this particularly exciting chapter of the k.u.k. military aviation is supplemented by many plans, diaries and original photos from archives and private collections that have never been published before.

The Air Raid on Milan on 14 February 1916

  • Gerald Penz is an internationally renowned specialist in the operational history of the Imperial and Royal Air Force. His work focuses on military aviation on the southwestern front. In this context, the aviation companies play a central role within the complex organizational structure of the 11th Army (Tyrol), 10th Army (Carinthia), and especially the 5th Army (Isonzo). An extensive bibliography and his regular activities as a speaker at symposia and specialized events in Austria and abroad prove him to be one of the most profound experts on Austro-Hungarian military aviation. Gerald Penz lives and works in Vienna.

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