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Zerstorer Volume Two: Luftwaffe Fighter Bombers and Destroyers 1941-1945 (Luftwaffe Colours) [Paperback]

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Item description for Zerstorer Volume Two: Luftwaffe Fighter Bombers and Destroyers 1941-1945 (Luftwaffe Colours) by John J. Vasco...

This is the second of two volumes covering the history of the Zerstorer squadrons between 1939 and 1945. Following the attack on the west, the Me 110 also saw major deployment in the North African and Mediterranean theatres. In the East, in the early phases of Barbarossa, the Zerstorergruppen accounted for significant numbers of Russian aircraft destroyed on the ground and in the air. As the war progressed and Germany moved over to the defensive, Zerstorer units flew the Me 210 and Me 410, which saw service as a bomber destroyer with units such as ZG1, ZG26 and ZG76 in the defense of the Reich, equipped with heavy cannon and 21cm air-to-air mortars. Also included with the scope of these titles will be a study of the Luftwaffe's long-range Ju 88 maritime Zerstorer, which were used over the Atlantic and Bay of Biscay against Allied convoys and to provide escort for the U-boats as well as lesser-known types such as the Ar 240 and Ta 154.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.6" Width: 8.7" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Classic Publications
ISBN  190322358X  
ISBN13  9781903223581  

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More About John J. Vasco

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Vasco has studied the aircraft and operations of the Zerstorergruppen for many years and is the author of several books on the subject including Bombsights Over England - The History of Erprobungsgruppe 210 Luftwaffe Fighter-Bomber Units in the Battle of Britain (1990 and Second edition 2002), Zerstorer: The Messerschmitt 110 and its Units in 1940 ( with Peter D Cornwall - 1995) and The Sting of the Luftwaffe Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 and Zerstorergeschwader 1 in World War 2 (2001). His specialty is the Battle of Britain. He lives in Norfolk, England.

John J. Vasco was born in 1950.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Germany > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about Zerstorer Volume Two: Luftwaffe Fighter Bombers and Destroyers 1941-1945 (Luftwaffe Colours)?

Great book of Luftwaffe Heavy Fighter Scorts.  Dec 30, 2007
I apreciated my book, because it's the best guide to Luftwaffe colours and history about Luftwaffe Combat Units (Zerstörer Units).
ROLIHO  Jul 15, 2007
An incomplete story  Jul 3, 2007
There were at least three types of Luftwaffe aircraft produced for the
zerstorer ( destroyer)/heavy fighter/light bomber/recon role: the Bf-110, Me 210 and Me 410; there were also a number of D0-17 types converted for the " night intruder" role . But this book covers only the Bf-110's. Now that coverage is copious and thorough, but it still leaves a big hole in the story!

The book needs updating and expansion.
Great quality, as usual  May 21, 2007
Volume Two of the Zerstorer units is of the same high quality as all of the Luftwaffe Colours series I've seen and makes an excellent addition to that collection. Almost all of the photos seemed new, and as always the profiles are simply stunning.

It's a nice feature to see such a detailed profile illustration placed alongside a photo (or two) of the same aircraft, and be afforded the opportunity to see just how meticulously the profiles are rendered. You'll find yourself combing over the aircraft photo for tiny details and then checking them against the profile only to see that, yes, the artist got that detail right too.

One minor disappointment: the book included no photos or profile illustrations of other aircraft pressed into the Zerstorer role; the Me-210 and Me-410 are absent in this volume. The volume focuses exclusively on the Me-110, which should probably be referenced in some way in the book's title.
Me 110s at War, Pt. 2  Apr 19, 2007
John Vasco concludes his two-volume history of Luftwaffe fighter bombers and 'destroyers' in action with this lavishly-illustrated tribute to Messerschmitt's ungainly warrior.

Though the Me 110's reputation had suffered a bloody nose in the Battle of Britain, its overall versatility - and the lack of a suitable replacement - meant that the Messerschmitt continued to see service in various theaters throughout the war. Vasco summarizes the 110's combats in Russia, the Med and over Germany. Deployed against USAAF bombers, the aircraft - armed with heavy cannons and air-to-air rockets - truly earned its 'destroyer' moniker.

Vasco includes a three-page summary of notable Me 110 Knights' Cross holders along with a detailed summary of Wolfgang Schenck's career, 'Bombo' Schenck playing an influential role in developing fighter-bombers tactics. I would have enjoyed the inclusion of some first-person reminiscences but Vasco's narrative is quite good nevertheless.

The book bristles with photos - over 200 black & white and color shots in all - plus 15 color profiles by Fernando Estanislau.

All in all, a superbly illustrated, comprehensive history of the Me 110 in action. Recommended.

Question: Given the lack of coverage of the Me 210 and 410 in this set, is "Classic Colours" planning a separate volume on those destroyers?


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