Boelcke's Dicta

Oswald Boelcke

10 Rules of Air Fighting
Boelke's Dicta
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  • Rule 1:
    Try to secure advantages before attacking. If possible, keep the sun behind you.

  • Rule 2:
    Always carry through an attack when you have started it.

  • Rule 3:
    Fire only at close range, and only when your opponent is properly in your sights.

  • Rule 4:
    Always keep your eye on your opponent, and never let yourself be deceived by ruses.

  • Rule 5:
    In Any form of attack it is essential to assail your opponent from behind.

  • Rule 6:
    If your opponent dives on you, do not try to evade his onslaught, but fly to meet it.

  • Rule 7:
    When over the enemy's lines never forget your own line of retreat.

  • Rule 8:
    For the Staffel: Attack on principle in groups of four or six. When the fight breaks up into a series of single combats, take care that several do not go for one opponent.


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