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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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Colleen
May 19, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ww1
In a happy coincidence, I just watched a video about the history of the Dolomite mountains like a week ago, and this book--the third of the Otto Prohaska series is about the Alpine warfare between the Italians and the Austrians in 1916. In the last book, Otto was unjustly accused of destroying a German minelayer (he didn't), and was drummed down to the worst outpost of the war in revenge. There, in a tiny town--he lives in a tent, all the food is ersatsz, as is the parts in the planes he gets to ...more
David Marino
Dec 19, 2014 David Marino rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched, John Biggins has written a third satisfying yarn about another little known aspect of the Great War -- the Isonzo Front, circa 1916. Our tireless hero (if you can call him that), Schiffsleutnant Ottokar Prohaska is once again immersed in adventures most modern day readers probably have little knowledge about. This time Otto dons the flying leathers of the Fliegertruppe (Flik 19F) and takes to the air in parachute-less contraptions where more pilots burned to death than w ...more
Stephen Callahan
Sep 09, 2012 Stephen Callahan rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2012 Don Christie rated it really liked it
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
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Donald McEntee
Jul 06, 2015 Donald McEntee rated it it was amazing
A very interesting story about a very interesting person in a very interesting time.
Luis Granados
Mar 12, 2015 Luis Granados rated it it was amazing
Accurate history. Characters to care about. Occasionally funny. What's not to like?
Paul
Dec 18, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
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.
Carly Svamvour
Dec 18, 2009 Carly Svamvour marked it as to-read
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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