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Sea Eagles: Luftwaffe Anti-Shipping Units 1939-1941 (Luftwaffe Colours) [Paperback]

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Using a similar format to the very popular Jagwagdwaffe series, Sea Eagles offers readers a two-volume study into maritime and anti-shipping operations as conducted by the Luftwaffe over the English Channel, North Sea, the Far North and Baltic, the Eastern Front and the Mediterranean. For the first time, these books contain a fascinating and eclectic mix of float-planes and multi-engined bombers converted to anti-shipping duties. There are also studies of some of the more interesting weaponry used by German bomber units operating in such a role, such as the Rheinstahl PC 1400 X Fritz radio-guided bomb and the Henschel 293 rocket-driven remotely-controlled stand-off missile as used against destroyers in the Mediterranean as well as biographies of some of the leading anti-shipping aces, such as Aufhammer. Alongside the photographic content, much of which is previously unpublished, the book also includes color artworks and first-hand reminiscences from Luftwaffe pilots of the era. The sea-strike and maritime units are amongst the least known of the Luftwaffes fighter force during World War II; this new two-volume work sets the record straight, providing the aviation and military historian with a comprehensive and detailed study of this often ignored facet of the air war between 1939 and 1945.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2006
Publisher   Classic Publication
ISBN  1903223555  
ISBN13  9781903223550  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Goss is a modern-day veteran of the Royal Air Force and the author of a number of books on World War II in the air. He lives in England.

Chris Goss currently resides in Buckinghamshire Buckinghamsh. Chris Goss was born in 1961.

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A Book Needed for a Long Time  May 18, 2006
The activities of the anti-shipping units of the luftwaffe remain one of the lessor known stories of World War II. Once in a while you see a picture of a float plane, even more rarely are pictures of the 4 engined FW 200.

Hitler and his generals were land oriented. Almost all of their efforts were devoted to a bomber force, defended by fighters, that would assist the conquering army. Only a small force was set up to attack ships. At the beginning they were flying machines that seem more at home in books about World War I, biplanes with open cockpits, a long, long way from the ME 109 or a Spit. They were using torpedoes that didn't work and rudimentary bomb sights.

Over time, and after winning an internal battle with the German Navy (everything that flew belonged to Goring.), the planes and the men began to improve. This is their story from 1939 to 1941. Here are more pictures of the FW 200 Condor that I ever imagined existed. Here are stories of attacks made, battles fought, the story of small brave units that fought a hard fight.

This book has been needed for a long time.
Fascinating Look at Luftwaffe Ship-Killers in Action!  Apr 21, 2006
Author Chris Goss examines a little-known part of Luftwaffe history in this, the first in a two-volume set on Luftwaffe anti-shipping units. Part of Ian Allan's impressive 'Luftwaffe Colours' series, it offers a comprehensive, well-illustrated look at some pilots, aircraft and units that are seldom mentioned in standard Luftwaffe histories.

If little known, the history of Luftwaffe anti-shipping efforts from 1939 to 1943 is nevertheless an interesting one. Units flew a smorgasbord of aircraft ranging from biplanes such as Heinkel 59s and Arado 96s to He 115 floatplanes and more modern warbirds such as the He 111, Junkers 88 and Focke Wulf 200. Imagine going to war in a lumbering He 59!

The early war years were marked by an ongoing territorial battle between the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine regarding the maritime attack mission, infighting resolved in favor of the Luftwaffe. Subsequently Luftwaffe aircrews were active laying mines and attacking enemy warships/shipping at sea and in harbors.

Despite game attempts by men like Helmut Lorenz, Robert Kowaleski, Martin Harlinghausen, Bernhard Jope, Heinrich Schlosser and Herwig Ritter von Heider, the initial record of the Luftwaffe's maritime arm was mixed at best. Many claims were made but actual sinkings were few due in part to poorly performing torpedoes and lack of training received by crews in torpedo attacks.

Goss does a good job of covering this early war period, summarizing missions flown, successes scored and lessons learned. Along with fleshing out the narrative with first-hand accounts from the aircrews, he includes mini-bio's of several successful pilots and commanders. The text is nicely served with over 150 color and black & white photos along with eighteen pages of color sideviews by Tom Tullis and Tim Brown.

All in all, another winner from Ian Allan!

For more on this subject, check out Harold Thiele's LUFTWAFFE AERIAL TORPEDO AIRCRAFT AND OPERATIONS.

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