Dicta Boelcke, from Chris Tucker

September 27, 2010 |

Oswald BoelckeI watched a documentary recently about air power in WWI and was interested to learn of a man named Oswald Boelcke. Wikipedia claims that Boelcke is the "Father of Air Fighting Tactics" and was the first to create a set of formal rules for these which he called the "Dicta Boelcke".  Boelke was Richtofen's mentor. Here it is: 

1. Try to secure the upper hand before attacking. If possible, keep the sun behind you.

2. Always continue with an attack you have begun.

3. Open fire only at close range, and then only when the opponent issquarely in your sights.

4. You should always try to keep your eye on your opponent, and never let yourself be decieved by ruses.

5. In any type of attack, it is essential to assail your opponent from behind.

6. If your opponent dives on you, do not try to get around his attack, but fly to meet it.

7. When over the enemies lines, always remember your own line of retreat.

8. Tip for Squadrons: In principle, it is better to attack in groups offour or six. Avoid two aircraft attacking the same opponent.

There are several lessons to be learned from this list of rules, the wiki article expands on them individually.


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