Item description for Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45 by Chris Bishop...
Illustrated with detailed artworks of German combat aircraft and their markings, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons 1939-45 is a comprehensive study of the Luftwaffe in World War II. Organized chronologically by theatre of war and campaign, this book offers a complete organizational breakdown of Luftwaffe units, from the Polish campaign through to the last days of the Reich. Each campaign includes a compact history of the Luftwaffes' role and impact on the course of the conflict, as well as orders of battle, lists of commanders and campaign aces. Every type of aircraft is featured, including the numerous variations and types of well-known models, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109, Junkers Ju 87 and Focke Wulf Fw 200, through to lesser-known aircraft, such as the Arado Ar 232 transporter, Heinkel He 162 Salamander fighter and the Henschel Hs 129 tank destroyer. Each aircraft profile is accompanied by exhaustive specifications, as well as details of individual and unit markings. Packed with 400 color profiles of every major type of Luftwaffe combat aircraft, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons 1939-45 is a must have reference guide for modelers, military historians and aircraft enthusiasts.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Chris Bishop is an established military historian who has written and contributed to numerous military publications over the last 25 years. He is the author of German Campaigns of World War II, The Rise of Hitler¹s Third Reich, SS: Hitler¹s Foreign Divisions, The Essential Tank Identification Guide: Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, 1939-45, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45 and The Essential Submarine Identification Guide: Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45.
Reviews - What do customers think about Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45?
A nice book for modellers, not for insiders Dec 25, 2007
I bought the book from Internet, because of the title: "Luftwaffe squadrons" to get insight in its formations on all fronts during 1939-45.
I was disappointed not to find this so desired insight. Here and there are tables of units, which bear sometimes a relation to the chapter. The battle of Britain lists two different total number of aicraft per type, but no single insight in the many formations at that time.
More serious is that the book has too many omissions about important Luftwaffe sett backs or losses. If fails to portray the grevious losses of the Luftwaffe suffered in the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, nor are the formations listet of those days and those which flew in as reinforcements during the battle of Moscow.
That the Luftwaffe lost so many transports (Ju52'S) over Norway, The Netherlands around The Hague, Crete near Maleme, Demyansk, Tunesia is not clear from the text.
I miss the feeling of those intense air battles fought over Stalingrad, the so succesful bombing raids of Von Richthofen to stop the many Soviet attacks north of Stalingrad, the fierce air-battles over the Kuban, Karelia, Leningrad, Sevastopol, Kursk. The German offensive near Jassy in the spring of 1944 with large air support (!) and the lack of air support which doomed Army Group Centre in 1944. The remarkable succesful German air attacks on the Soviet supply lines to the Oder in 1945. As a good history book it fails to portray this essential stuff and virtually no proper organization tables.
On page 184 the losses of the Luftwaffe are not pitted agianst those of the Allies. The German "Jagdwaffe" lost 7000 fighter pilots and 17.000 fighters in WWII shot down by enemy aircraft and anti aircraft guns. The other losses were due to all kind of damage (ground strafing, accidents). To the 70.000 men lost in combat is unclear if these also contain losses by the 22 Luftwaffe field divisions, the 9 parachute divisions, ground personel, the many captured on teh East FRont.
Interesting enough the reader is informed of the many "not returned" German pilots crash landing behind Soviet lines. These were in almost all cases brutally killed by these "Allies". Another NOT proper adressed feature of the war.
What IS nice (but not balanced) are the aircraft drawings. Data near the drawings is not always usefull or correct. So 2 Stars for this part!
Not exactly what it's supposed to be........ Nov 6, 2007
I purchased this book thinking it was going to be a comprehensive book about Luftwaffe Squadrons (hence the title) during World War 2. I purchased the book online so I couldn't flip through it to see what it was like.
While I'm not sorry I purchased it, it is NOT comprehensive in any way. This book is more of a VERY general overview of Luftwaffe operations during the different periods of World War 2. The various sections show some artwork of different aircraft used by different squadrons along with captions telling the briefest information about each. But only select squadrons are mentioned.
The general text is more in the way of background about what was happening during the time period of that section of the book. In some cases, this text is almost totally unrelated to Luftwaffe operations, instead describing the operations of the army.
The one thing I did like about the book was the way it broke down the different time periods on the airwar. This helped to put into context the changing role of the Luftwaffe, the resultant change in aircraft production requirements, and the Luftwaffe's ultimate demise.
As a resource book it's lacking but it looks pretty, and it's easy to read a section or two each night before falling asleep. In spite of its flaws I'll keep my copy.
Misleading title Oct 15, 2006
A mildly interesting picture book, this volume contains almost nothing on the alleged subject matter; it is, rather a somewhat juvenile chronology of Luftwaffe operations in World War II. Some of the artwork is interesting, some is rehashed from old Salamander publications. The cutlines are also repetitive and sometimes wrong. All that saves it from one star is the useful glossary. Not worth the purchase price.