Item description for Gotterdammerung 1: Luftwaffe wrecks and graveyards (Gotterdammerung S.) by Brett Green & Tom Tullis...
Photos of aircraft scrap heaps, or "graveyards", taken by advancing Allied troops in North Africa and Europe from 1942 onwards, is a subject of proven popularity with aircraft enthusiasts and modelers. These scrap heaps often contained rare mixes of aircraft bearing unit markings and schemes not seen in more conventional and well-known views. Sometimes these photos serve to disprove previous theories. Where possible, this book provides before and after photos of the aircraft featured, showing it in service as well as in its "graveyard" condition. Aircraft covered in this book include all types – fighters, bombers, nightfighters, transports, and maritime aircraft, and some of hte photos feature aircraft shot down over British soil, particularly during the Battle of Britain. Many of the book's photos also come from the period following the defeat of the Third Reich.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.75" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223687 ISBN13 9781903223680
Availability 0 units.
More About Brett Green & Tom Tullis
Brett Green's first book, "Augsburg's Last Eagles," was published by Eagle Editions Ltd in 2001; the subject matter was the camouflage and markings of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 in the last year of World War II. Since then he has written books on the Me 262 (Stormbird Colors), and on modelling the Bf 110, the P-47, and the P-40 (all for the Osprey Modelling series). He is also editor of HyperScale (www.hyperscale.com) an online model magazine established in 1998, and missing-lynx.com, a site dedicated to armour modelling. He also contributes regularly to a number of hobby magazines. The author lives in Australia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gotterdammerung 1: Luftwaffe wrecks and graveyards (Gotterdammerung S.)?
A bit dissapointing.... Nov 8, 2007
I must say I expected more from this title. It still seems the same old photographs of the same old junked aircraft. Although I like the Me/Bf 109, the majority of the photos are centered on this type. I guess I expected more "previously unpublished" photos and material. The section on models of the aircraft shown in the book seems out-of place in this title. Still, it is well written and well, put together. The effort put into interpreting colors form the black-and-white original photos is enviable.
Twilight of the Gods May 20, 2007
This unusually named book by the prolific author, Brett Green is in reference to the apocalypse in Norse mythology. Roughly translated to mean "Twilight of the Gods" and is a fitting name once you see the amazing photos of crashed, crushed and otherwise destroyed Luftwaffe aircraft.
At first you kind of feel sick for the loss of such fantastic aircraft until you are reminded what they were used for and the cost in lives and treasure needed to destroy them. The end result was the only conclusion that these machines of war could have come to.
I have set eyes on a lot of pictures of World War II aircraft. And I mean A LOT! I have never seen about three quarters of the photos in this book. They are simply astonishing! Interpreting black and white photos into color is an art, the supposition of the author and artist are logical and well researched.
Speaking of the Artist, Brett wrangled in Tom Tullis, one of the premier aviation artists in the world, to illustrate the color profiles with an emphasis on unusual markings or new schemes not seen before. The color profiles are stunning. Some of the nicest I have seen published. Mr. Tullis is at the top of his field and the addition of his art lends itself well to this book.
Mr. Green consulted with some of the foremost experts in Luftwaffe colors before coming to terms with interpreting the photos paint schemes. Brett himself is considered one of the top authorities in this fine art but will be the first to tell you that good research and patience is proving this subject to be an evolving and amazingly complex topic.
There is a tantalizing little tag at the bottom of the book which reads "NUMBER 1" below the author's name. Is this telling us that there is a series coming in our near future? I anticipate so. Another little bonus is the Classic Publications catalog of the brilliant Jagdwaffe series on the inside of the front cover with the rest of the series on the inside of the back cover. Now you know what books you are missing from this great publishing company.
I found myself pouring over the photos in detail, finding something new each time. I was continually amazed at the quality of the photos and information that is placed in the book in chronological order. Reading the text is easy and very interesting. The color photos are fantastic and very well rendered on high quality paper softbound in the Classic Publications format.
At the end of the book you also get some models that are extremely well made and photographed. All of them are inspiring and a real treat for us modelers. I highly recommend this book for researchers, historians and model builders. The color schemes could keep you busy for years. This book is a must addition to your aviation history library.