Belgium had the misfortune of being located on the German invasion route to France during the opening days of World War I. Following the Schlieffen Plan, as modified by Chief of the General Staff Helmuth von Moltke, German troops marched through Belgium, intent on outflanking French armies and capturing Paris. By violating the small nation's neutrality, however, von Moltke added Belgium and its historical defender Great Britain to Germany's list of enemies.
Thus, protracted warfare in Belgium began and lasted throughout the entire conflict. Bernard Deneckere's latest book traces the evolving role of German Army and Navy air operations in Flanders - Belgium and northern France - and tells the story with the familiarity of a Belgian native. His earlier book, "Luchtoorlog Boven West-Vlaanderen 1914-1918" [The Air War over Western Flanders 1914-1918] was reviewed in the Summer 1999 issue of "Over the Front" (p. 188).
The current English-language volume offers a year-by-year account of German air units and their roles in major air battles over Flanders. The reader is well served by several maps and detailed charts that clarify the units' locations. The glossary and appendices will further aid non-German readers in understanding various military operational terms. Add to those elements a generous array of World War I photos (many of which were new to this reviewer) and the result is a good, basic understanding of the air war over Belgium, with many interesting highlights.
"Above Ypres - The German Air Force in Flanders 1914-18" is recommended highly. (This review appears in the Autumn 2013 issue of "Over the Front," quarterly journal of the non-profit League of World War I Aviation Historians.)