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Aircraft of the Third Reich: Arado to Focke-Wulf v. 1 [Hardcover]

William Green
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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Midsummer Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1900732068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900732062
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world's most comprehensive masterwork ever published on the entire range of aircraft flown by Hitler's Third Reich from 1933 to the end of World War II • In-depth features on more than 300 Third Reich aircraft types, each covered in unprecedented detail. • Fantastic colour 3-view drawings, profiles and cutaways

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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.

Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aircraft of the Third Reich Vol 1 14 Aug 2011
By Passat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The late William Green was a prolific author of military aviation, concentrating on the design and technical development of aircraft rather than service and/or combat histories. His particular expertise was aircraft of the Second World War, though he also produced some excellent books on contemporay, post Second World War military aviation.

William Green's magnum opus was undoubtedly Warplanes of the Third Reich, originally published in 1970. It was reissued in 1972 and since then has only been available on the second hand market. Allowing for the fact that when first published, relatively so soon after the end of the Third Reich, when much archive material had still not been collated and could therefore not be cross-referenced to ensure 100% accuracy, William's book was and remains the key piece of aviation literature about aircraft of the Third Reich. It is an indespensible and in-depth guide (with nothing comparable for aircraft of the RAF!), and for this reviewer a constant reference source over many years.

The format Green used was well-established through his series Warplanes of the Second World War, a series that eventually ran to ten volumes (a still unsurpassed set of concise reference books). Each aircraft is described, alphabetically, from its concept and design through to production and operational service, including all known marks, with details of changes, etc. And all written in Green's unpretentious, easy-to-read style. This is concluded by a specification, usually of a typical service variant of the particular aircraft.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it while it lasts 17 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book that with the upcoming 2nd and 3rd volume no doubt will be the ultimate reference on everything the Luftwaffe has ever flown. Not only it includes domestic production, it includes captured aircraft and production aircraft of occupied countries. There are a couple of situations where the artwork was reused from some other titles, i can remember of David Donald's "Warplanes of the Luftwaffe", but this is the (very rare) exception, not the rule, so don't let this nitpicking discourage you - this is a book with a life of its own, which unlike other titles, doesn't relies on recycling existing material.
What more can i say. It's good to finally see books covering the not so famous airplanes that everyone knows about. The amount of photographs is astonishing, beautifully printed, and with a couple of exceptions, material that i haven't seen published anywhere else. There's also some posters and propaganda material. Regarding the colour profiles, a vast assortment, also original, enough to keep the modelling enthusiasts busy for months at least. There's always the issue of colour precision, but then again if you're picky about this, then you already know that not even the mechanics in the field followed the RLM guidelines and used whatever paints they had at hand, specially during the later years of the war as conditions deteriorated. Having said this, and as someone who has some experience in graphics arts, i cannot see anything abnormal with the reproduction of the colour profiles, nor with anything else in fact, it's beautifully printed.
Get it while it lasts, before second hand sellers start charging ludicrous prices for available copies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The remaining 2 volumes will not be published? 21 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There was a website for ordering these direct from the publisher. I just checked (21July2013) & neither the dotcom or dotco.uk websites are available. So that strongly suggests volumes 2 & 3 have been cancelled. Hope I am wrong as the full set would be really great.
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