Item description for Defenders of the Reich Series: Volume One, 1939-1942 by Eric Mombeek...
The illustrated story of the Luftwaffe's premier fighter defense unit. Tasked with defending the skies over the Third Reich, Jagdgeschwader 1 numbered among its ranks some of the Luftwaffe's leading fighter aces including Heinz B\228r, Walter Oesau and Herbert Ihlefeld. These are the first two volumes in a substantially revised three-volume study of Eric Mombeek's classic work. Many of the 750 photos that will appear throughout this new edition are new and not contained in earlier editions and will be accompanied by 90 new full color profiles (throughout the three volumes) of the unit's Bf 109s and Fw 190s by acclaimed American aviation artist, Tom Tullis.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.7" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 10, 2001
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223016 ISBN13 9781903223017
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More About Eric Mombeek
Eric Mombeek is a leading authority on the history and operations of the fighter units of the German Luftwaffe during World War II. He has interviewed and corresponded with hundreds of former veterans and his works capture the period in an informative and detailed way. He is the author of several works published by Classic Publications including the acclaimed "Classic Colours" series on the Jagdwaffe.
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Colorful Look at a Luftwaffe Elite! Nov 11, 2005
The creation and early combat history of Jagdgeschwader 1, one of the Luftwaffe's elite units, is told in this, the first of a three-volume set on the Oesau wing. Springing from the prewar JG 132, JG 1 enjoyed a protracted development, not fielding four groups until early 1942. In the meantime its initial units took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the Polish campaign, the attack on France and the invasion of Russia. The wing subsequently became one of the Luftwaffe's premier fighter defense mainstays, flying Me 109s and FW 190s against RAF and USAAF air attacks from England.
The early years of JG 1's history are concisely told in this wonderfully-illustrated book from Classic Publications. The book features hundreds of photos of Oesau pilots and their aircraft, many of them previously unpublished, along with dozens of nicely done color profiles by Tom Tullis and Eddie Creek.
If you're interested in Luftwaffe fighter units, this book is for you. Highly recommended.