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Jagdwaffe Volume 4, Section 1: Holding the West 1941-1943 (Luftwaffe Colours) [Paperback]

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96 page, 200 photos, 25 color illustrationsFollowing the Battle of Britain, RAF Fighter Command went over to the offensive, carrying the flight for air superiority to the enemy-held coast of Europe. At the same time, teh bulk of teh Luftwaffe fighter force had been transferred to Russia or the Middle East, l Leaving only two German units for defense of France and teh occupied countries. Despite the RAF's numerical advantage, not only was it unable to achieve its aims but alos suffered heavy losses. This is the sometimes astonishing story of the German fighter force, now holding all the advantages of fighting over its own territory, in its defensive and offensive operations against growing Allied might from June 1941 to August 1943.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 23, 2004
Publisher   Classic Publications
ISBN  1903223342  
ISBN13  9781903223345  

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More About David Wadman & Martin Pegg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martin Pegg from an early age showed an interest in aviation history and World War II, particularly the operations of the Luftwaffeis dive-bomber, ground-attack and anti-tank units. In the course of his research, which included detailed correspondence and interviews with many former Luftwaffe air and ground personnel, Pegg discovered a substantial quantity of revealing new information, which served to dispel many inaccurate myths. He now works full time as an aviation editor. He is a keen aircraft modeler and has won International Plastic Modelers Society awards for his work.

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The Butcher Bird in Ascendancy!  Jun 16, 2006
Continuing the Jagdwaffe series, David Wadman and Martin Pegg relate the air battles fought by JG 2 and 26 on the Western Front from mid-1941 to the fall of 1943. This period show much air fighting as the RAF began their policy of 'leaning into' Fortress Europe, hoping to establish air superiority. In this, they were soundly rebuffed, in large part due to the introduction of the superlative FW 190.

In 1941 JG 2 and 26 were two of the most combat-experienced wings in the Luftwaffe, boasting pilots like Adolf Galland, 'Pips' Priller, Rudolf Pflanz and Egon Mayer. Such Bf 109 experten inflicted heavy losses on the repeated raids mounted by the British though the '109 and Spitfire were fairly evenly matched. The introduction of the FW 190 in the fall of 1941 however was a different matter as Spitfire pilots found themselves totally outmatched by the superlative Focke Wulf fighter flown by JG 2 and 26. It would not be until mid-1942 that the arrival of the Spitfire IX redressed the situation somewhat. And, in 1943, a new foe appeared on the scene as the Bf 109 and FW 190 pilots began encountering the B-17s and -24s of the 8th Air Force.

These exciting times are well covered by Wadman and Pegg who relate the various combats fought during this period along with special sections on the introduction of the '190, the 'Channel Dash,' the Dieppe raid and profiles of several experten such as Walter Oesau and Georg-Peter Eder. The book is jam-packed with over 200 black & white and color photos and 27 color profiles by Tom Tullis.

In short, 'Holding the West' is a well-written and well-illustrated summary of one part of the European air war.

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