The Halberstadt CL.II was a two-seat attack biplane flown by the German Luftstreitkräfte during World War I. Designed to supersede the earlier, unsuccessful D.IV, the C.II (later redesignated the CL.II) was pressed into the roles of escort fighter and armed reconnaissance aircraft upon its introduction in May 1917. From then on it proved itself to be a highly capable aircraft, with good maneuverability and rate of climb. 900 aircraft were built in total.
It was during the Battle of Cambral in November 1917 that the CL.II first demonstrated its effectiveness as a ground-attack aircraft, contributing significantly to the German counterattack. From then on the CL.II was increasingly given the task of close support, or Schlachtstaffeln (battle flights) - a tactic that has become commonplace in combined armed warfare today. The CL.II also participated in the Spring Offensive of 1918, and was retired at the end of the war.
Halberstadt CL.II is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 1 as a standard attack plane of Imperial German Army. It was first seen at the "EA Play" event on June 12, 2016.
A Halberstadt appears in Through Mud and Blood. During the pigeon scene, one CL.II is seen burning and crashing near the church.
The Halberstadt CL.II also appears in Friends In High Places. It is seen in "Forte et Fidele". When Blackburn is trying to reach the AA gun on a damaged Zeppelin, one Halberstadt crashes and rips the material, forcing Clyde into the airship's interior.
The Halberstadt CL.II is a two-seat attack plane, with the pilot operating a variety of ground attack weapons, and the gunner a Parabellum MG 14 turret capable of 360° coverage.
Compared to a fighter plane, all weapons have more pronounced arc due to lower muzzle velocity.