Many of us are familiar with the original editons of William Green's classic 'Aircraft of the Third Reich'. This new version (volume one of three) retains Mr Green's interesting and authoritative text and adds many new photographs, diagrams and aircraft cutaways. The presentation of Mr Green's work is also much improved; the text is cleanly laid out (in the original editions, the text is closely packed and, sometimes, difficult to read) and the illustrations are clearly defined. A very welcome addition to the work is the presentation of a large nubmer of aircraft colour-schemes, very useful for the aircraft modeller.
The first part of this volume provides a definative essay on the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe. The rest of the volume is a comprehensive review of the aircraft of the manufacturers Arado to Focke Wulf (including, inter alia, Airspeed, Bachem, Blohm & Voss, Consolidated, Dornier and Fieseler).
The aircraft histories are detailed but clear. As an example, the progression from the Do17 to the Do215 and Do217 is clearly laid out, including the details of sub types (such as missile carriers, night-fighters, high altitude bombers, reconnaisance, etc). The part of the volume that deals with the Fw190, its sub-types and derivatives (the D9 and Ta152) are particularly impressive.
This new volume is a relatively expensive book. However, having purchased it, I am sure that it will be my first, and often referred to, point of reference for German aircraft of WW2.