Item description for Jagdwaffe Vol.5,Section 2 War in the East 1944-1945 (Luftwaffe Colours) by Christer Bergstrom & Martin Pegg...
Using very rare photographs, this is the story of how the fuel-starved Jagdwaffe covered and protected the relentless German retreat from the East along a 1,000km front through Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania to the skies over Berlin while suffering terrible attrition from the Soviet Air Force. There is also a portrayal of the leading aces Erich Hartmann (352 aerial kills), Gerhard Barkhorn (301 kills) and others who became legends over the Eastern Front..
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223466 ISBN13 9781903223468
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More About Christer Bergstrom & Martin Pegg
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Jagdwaffe Vol.5,Section 2 War in the East 1944-1945 (Luftwaffe Colours)?
Gotterdammerung! May 10, 2007
Being the final book in the Jagdwaffe series that deals with the Luftwaffe's death struggle with the Soviet Red Air Force, "War in the East 1944-1945" provides an excellent conclusion to this subject. As usual, the photographs are interesting and thoughtfully chosen. I enjoyed the mini biography of Gerhard Barkhorn very much. There is also supposed to be a bio of the "Blond Knight" Erich Hartmann in the main text, but I haven't found it yet. However, the main draw for me once again were the color aircraft profiles by Thomas Tullis. Awesome job! This book is highly recommended to modelers or anyone else interested in this subject.
Disappointed Mar 3, 2007
This book relates to the Luftwaffe actions on the east front in 1944-45, and more specifically the use of fighters.
The book is well done in the sense that you see actual pictures and the corresponding profiles of some of the planes.
If you are interested in everything that is related to German fighters in the East in 44-45, this book is a must have as it as some original pictures well worth seeing. However, you won't get a comprehensive view on the topic of German fighters in the East, but rather a sum of rehashed documents that already exist in other books.
If you want a mid level comprehensive book on German fighters in 44-45 on the east front with lots of profiles, you will be left disappointed.
Air Combat on the Eastern Front - The Final Chapters. Nov 17, 2005
This volume, by Bergstrom and Pegg, concludes the "Luftwaffe Colours" coverage of air combat on the Eastern Front. As with previous volumes in the series, it's a winner!
The air combats fought in 1944 and '45 were some of the most desperate of the war as the shrinking band of Luftwaffe Experten waged a losing battle to counter Russian advances. Pilots such as Hartmann, Rall, Barkhorn, Brendel, Kittel and Hafner ran up tremendous scores against their VVS opponents but all for naught.
Like earlier Russian Front volumes, this book is an engaging combination of text, a wealth of photos and gorgeous color profiles by Tom Tullis. (The work Tullis has done in interpreting black and white photos to create his artwork is worthy of Sherlock Holmes). Anyone interested in the Russian Front and Luftwaffe "top guns"(JG 51, JG 52, JG 54, etc.) will enjoy this book.
All in all, a good overview and a visual treat. Highly recommended!
*** It's sad to see this series end. There's been a lot of first-class Luftwaffe history published in its 20+ volumes. Congrats to Classic Publications/Ian Allan for a job well done!
German Aircraft on the Eastern Front Aug 4, 2005
By 1944 the German Third Reich was not doing very well on either the eastern or western fronts. This book covers the German fighter groups assigned to eastern front against Russia. By 1944 the front line German fighters were the FW-190 and the Me-109. Against the Americans and British the FW was the machine of choice. In the East it was still the Me as the Russian front line fighters were still inferior to the German machines.
By late 1944 newer Russian aircraft became the equal to or exceeded the capabilities of the German fighters. By 1944 the enormous tank battle at Kursk had taken place, and the armored units were in bad shape. More and more of the burden fell on the German air force.
Then in the middle of 1944 came the invasion and a new set of problems as the allies were quick to build fighter strips in France and brought over huge numbers of planes. This required the removal of some units from the Eastern Front.
As with the other books in this series, this book is mostly photographs and drawings of the planes used by the various German units on the Eastern Front. A considerable amount of research went into determining the actual colors, markings, and other details of aircraft used by individual units.
While Western historians and certainly movies would have you believe that the bulk of the fighting occured on the Western Front, the Eastern Front was the primary battleground so far as Germany was concerned. In 1944 the Russians admit to the loss of over 10,000 aircraft, the German loss was over 8,000.
If aircraft color schemes are of interest to you, this book will be invaluable. If you are merely interested in the history of the Germans defending on the Eastern Frong, the photographs shown here present a story themselves that would be an excellent accompanyment to any written story.