Item description for Ju 87 Stuka Volume One: Luftwaffe Ju 87 Dive-Bomber Units 1939-1941 (Luftwaffe Colours) by Peter C. Smith...
The name Stuka is an abbreviation of the German word sturzkampfflugzeug, meaning dive bomber. The fearsome sight and sound of the Luftwaffe's Ju-87 Stuka diving on its target, its siren wailing, spearheaded German victories in Poland, Norway, the Low Countries, the Mediterranean, and Russia between 1939 and 1943. This book covers the pre-war development of the Stuka concept in Germany and early dive bomber prototypes, as well as the aircraft's initial deployment and its central role in the early campaigns against Poland and Norway and in the blitzkrieg war in the West against the Low Countries adn France. The operational history of the aircraft continues through the Channel Battles and the Battle of Britain and in the Mediterranean theatre in the attacks on Malta and Crete. This volume concludes with the opening phases of Operation Barbarossa, the war against Russia. Written by Peter C. Smith, an internationally renowned authority on dive bombers and the Ju 87 in particular, the book contains an impressive selction of historic photos, arworks, and first-hand accounts from those who flew the aircraft.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 12" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223695 ISBN13 9781903223697
Reviews - What do customers think about Ju 87 Stuka Volume One: Luftwaffe Ju 87 Dive-Bomber Units 1939-1941 (Luftwaffe Colours)?
Stuka Volume Two: Luftwaffe Ju 87 Dive-Bomber Units 1942-1945 Jul 10, 2008
Another outstanding volume in an outstanding series. The peak of their performance was well behind them by 1942. However, the Stuka soldiered on and in the hands of experienced crews was an effective weapon. The continued service of this outdated weapon systems illustrates the bankruptcy of the Third Reich and for that we all should be grateful.
Another Ju-87 gem Jun 17, 2008
Author Peter Smith has done it again. I haven't much to add as far as details about the book go as others have done a better job than I could. Suffice it to say, if you're interested in not just a technical reference but a pretty good history lesson as well this book's a winner. With many sidebars on individual pilots and campaigns along with many photos and illustrations, you won't be disappointed.
Not a 5-star reference for modelers Dec 8, 2007
I bought this book knowing it wouldn't be a technical reference (i.e. like a walk-around or something like the Maru Mechanic publications, which are geared more towards engineers anyway) however I was expecting more profiles and perhaps a more organized discussion of the markings during the WWII timeline. You don't get that here. I'd best characterize this book as mostly a historical reference with a modest amount dedicated to the markings, with photos that while some haven't been published elsewhere are not of the best quality, although they are large enough to gleam information out of.
The one strength of this book is that on the few color profiles, which are expertly done, there is accompanying text about that particular aircraft coupled with at least one photo, sometimes more. This is a winning concept, you wish the author had done more of.
Very little coverage of the Battle of Britain period, which was slightly dissapointing.
In short, this book is a good deal for modelers at around $19.99 or less, anything higher and you are best looking for more graphical references.
If you are after a fairly light read from a historical perspective that focuses mainly on operational records plus pilot stories then you might like this book better.
An outstanding resource for remarkable photographs and color illustrations of this famous plane. The authors have done an outstanding job reviewing the wartime use of this plane and finally its end in May 1945.
The Stuka at War, Part 1! Aug 19, 2007
Peter C. Smith is THE author when it comes to the history of dive bombing. In this 'Luftwaffe Colours' volume, he examines the development and early combat career of the most famous - and probably the deadliest - dive-bomber to fly in World War II, the ungainly Junkers 87 Stuka.
Smith's book initially surveys the pre-war development of dive bombing in Germany which culminated in the introduction of the Ju 87. Swiftly proving its effectiveness once war broke out, the Stuka gave sterling service in supporting the various Blitkzreig campaigns from 1939 to 1941 and proved a champion ship-killer as well. The Ju 87 however was no invincible wonder weapon and suffered serious losses in the Battle of Britain.
Stuka missions and personalities are well-covered in this volume, the first of two. The book benefits from a number of first-hand accounts of the Stuka in action and also provides eight side-bars detailing influential or well-known Stuka pilots like Schwartzkopff, Dinort, Mahlke, Hozzel, etc.
The book includes over 160 color and black & white photographs of aircrew, aircraft and targets being attacked along with 15 color side-views by Tom Tullis.
All in all, Smith's book is an authoritative, well-illustrated introduction to this most deadly of dive-bombers. Highly recommended.
THE STUKA AT WAR, PART 2! For some reason, the this site database wouldn't accept my review for Volume 2 of Smith's Stuka book. Here it is in a nutshell:
Volume 2 should have been subtitled "Giving the Devil His Due." Page after page Smith authoritatively demonstrates that the Stuka did not fade away after the Battle of Britain but remained a potent and viable weapons system all the way to war's end. Volume 2 is filled with examples where Stukas played decisive roles in the fighting in North Africa, Russia, etc. So, more great Stuka history and, as always, the pix and profiles are top-notch. All in all, a great finish to the Stuka story!