The Two-Headed Eagle: In Which Otto Prohaska Takes a Break as the Habsburg Empire's Leading U-boat Ace and Does Something Even More Thanklessly Dangerous
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The Two-Headed Eagle: In Which Otto Prohaska Takes a Break as the Habsburg Empire's Leading U-boat Ace and Does Something Even More Thanklessly Dangerous

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It is the summer of 1916 and, as luck would have it, Otto is assigned to the nascent, unreliable, and utterly frightening Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. Ottto's aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Sergeant-Pilot Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin—although when all else fails, screaming will suffice! On the ground the rickety Habsbu...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by McBooks Press (first published May 15th 1995)
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Stephen Callahan
WW1 from the Austro-Hungarian point of view. Sadly unique because no one has before or since tackled the subject. Pity he only wrote 4 books.
Don Christie
The death of the Hapsburg Empire as seen throw the eyes of an imperial officer during WW I. Otto Prohaska is seconded to the flying corps and the book follows his exploits during the fruitless struggles between the Austro-Hungarians and Italians which, as many other WW I conflicts, cost millions of lives.

The detail about the war in the book is fascinating but so is the context, the fall of an empire, the rise of European nationalism, and the seeds of Nazism are covered nicely by Biggins, a histo...more
Paul
A much better book IMHO than book two of the series. The author seems back on track with his writing and his characters. I especially liked the homage he pays to the poor soldiers on both side who fought and died on the Italian front. The interview with the American aviation enthusiast at the end is classic....highly recommended.
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I own this book - probably a discard; wouldn't have bought it - but it's there . . . y'know?

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John Biggins was born in October 1949 in the town of Bromley; then in Kent but now an outer suburb of London and notable only as the birthplace of H.G.Wells and the deathplace of the Emperor Napoleon III. The son of an electrician and part-time Communist Party activist, his childhood was sickly and his schooling intermittent; though he made up for this with a great deal of precocious reading while...more
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