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Bagration to Berlin: The Final Air Battles in the East 1944-1945 [Hardcover]

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Written by a leading expert in World War II air operations on the Eastern Front, this is the last in a quartet of books that together give total coverage of air battles in this theatre of war from 1941 to 1945. It details the final phase of air operations in the East from late 1943, and then covers the German defensive operations around the River Dnepr and the Sea of Azov in September 1943, and the subsequent German retreat and the air bridge to Cherkassy in early 1944. Final coverage is given to the major Soviet offensive against the Army Group Centre in mid-1944, the fall of Romania and the autumn battles in Poland, Courland, and on the Vistula, ending with the major Soviet winter offensive of early 1945 and the last-ditch battles over Berlin itself.
The author's writing provides fantastic in-depth detail, and also tells the story from the viewpoints of both sides and from both strategic and tactical contexts. The book includes unique eyewitness material and many rare and previously unpublished photographs, 'biography boxes', plus data tables, technical assessments, and appendices.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   2.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2008
Publisher   Classic Publications
ISBN  1903223911  
ISBN13  9781903223918  

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More About Christer Bergstrom

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christer Bergströ m works professionally as a teacher in English and Swedish history and is the author of several highly-acclaimed books on Second World War aviation, including Black Cross/Red Star Volumes 1 and 2 (with Andrey Mikhailov), Graf and Grislawski - A Pair of Aces (with Vlad Antipov and Claes Sundin) and Luftwaffe Fighter Aircraft in Profile Volumes 1 and 2 (with Claes Sundin) as well as the Eastern Front titles in the Classic Publications’ Jagdwaffe series.

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Another superb Offering  Sep 10, 2008
Not being a great collector of aviation books I stumbled upon Christer Bergstrom"s book Kursk The Air battle, which after reading I had to buy his next offering on the final era of the Second World War on the Eastern front, namely Bagration to Berlin.
In this his final offering on the brutal campaign on the eastern front the authour has once again penned a very interesting and well researched book.
As per his previous offerings on the air battles the book takes sources from both the Russian and German side to give a balanced view.
It again has a comprehensive loss chart but interestingly only for the Russian side as most records for the Luftwaffe at this late stage of the war were destroyed.
There are some rare and unique photos of Russian aircraft flying over Berlin and landing at captured german airfields in Berlin while the fighting was still going on nearby.
One thing that appeared to be different in the campaign in the east was that the Luftwaffe was able to send up planes to assist their ground troops on a number of occasions resulting in furious air battles.
Indeed the Russians faced the largest number of "experten"(aces)on the Eastern front compared to the allies, and it was these men and their few machines that kept the growing number of Russian pilots equipped with superior aircraft at bay for so long.
As the Luftwaffe began to grind to a halt through a lack of pilots, aircraft and fuel, the Russians with the dreaded ground attack Il 2 ably suppourted by large numbers of fighter escorts wreaked havoc on the German ground forces.The Russians equipped now with the much superior La 7 and Yak 9 began to shoot down large numbers of German aircraft in a complete reversal of the air campaign in 1941 - 42.
There is anice little piece on the use of the Mistel, a Ju 88 packed with explosives and piggy backed by a Focke Wulf 190.It was this type of aircraft that was used to attack the Kustrin bridges over the Oder in April 1945.
As usual from this authour there are a large number of photographs of the aircraft and personalities involved in the battles
The book is full of combat accounts, and covers all areas of the war from Kurland, to the collapse of Army Group centre in operation Bagration, Poland and the Oder crossings to the final battles over Berlin.
Printed on fine glossy paper for excellent photo reproduction, you will find a wealth of information that is not readily accessible in other books which tend to concentrate on the land battles.
Well worth reading and highly recommended

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