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Defence of the Reich 1944/45: Vol 5, section 3 (Jagdwaffe) Paperback – 31 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Publications (31 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903223512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903223512
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The acclaimed 'Jagdwaffe' series approaches the conclusion of its scheduled 20 volumes. The series represents one of the most comprehensive pictorial accounts of the air war in Europe between 1939 and 1945 from the standpoint of the Luffwaffe, its aircraft and its aircrew. Each volume incorporates more than 200 rare images, many previously unpublished, alongside specially commissioned colour artwork, detailed narrative and personal reminiscences. As such, the books provide a unique insight into the men and equipment of the Luftwaffe during this period. The penultimate volume in the series covers the crucial period in the west after the Allied landings on the Normandy coast in June 1944 following which the Allied forces advanced across France towards the Low Countries and very borders of the Reich itself. This was when the Allied bombing onslaught against Germany by the massed aircraft of the RAF and USAAF grew in intensity as the German air defences got ever more stretched.

By the spring of 1945 the Luftwaffe, on both the Western and Eastern fronts, was increasingly a spent force facing up to the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich, a period of nemesis, covered in the final volume in the series due later in 2005. Widely praised for the quality of images, information and artwork, the 'Jagdwaffe' series builds into a comprehensive archive of information on the Luftwaffe during the war. No serious student of the period can afford to miss this addition to a highly successful series.

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By G. Cobban on 30 Aug. 2015
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As good as the others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Photograph Collection of German Fighters 3 Aug. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Paperback
By 1944 the German Third Reich was not doing very well on either the eastern or western fronts. This book covers the German fighter groups assigned to defend Germany from the British and American bombers. By 1944 the numbers of bombers had grown significantly from the early days. At the same time, the long ranged P-51's were now available in quantity as well.

Germany was now using the FW-190's in the earlier A models and the later inline engined D models. Their pilots were told to ignore the fighters and attack the bombers. Following orders, the German pilots attacked the bombers and were shot down by the fighters who soon learned that they were relatively safe from attack.

Then in the middle of 1944 came the invasion and a new set of problems as the allies were quick to build fighter strips in France and brought over huge numbers of planes.

As with the other books in this series, this book is mostly photographs and drawings of the planes used by the various German units on the western front. A considerable amount of research went into determining the actual colors, markings, and other details of aircraft used by individual units.

Two points jumped out at me as I read the book. First, at the beginning of the book some aircraft are shown being towed around the airfield by trucks. By the end of the book aircraft are being towed around by oxen, reflecting the extreme measures being taken to conserve fuel. Second, as the east and west fronts got closer, a number of eastern front aircraft are shown where the pilot deliberately flew to the west and surrendered to the Allies.

If aircraft color schemes are of interest to you, this book will be invaluable. If you are merely interested in the history of the Germans defending on the western front, the photographs shown here present a story themselves that would be an excellent accompanyment to any written story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fitting End to a Great Series! 6 Dec. 2005
By Michael OConnor - Published on
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Robert Forsyth wraps up the Luftwaffe Colours series with this volume covering the desperate air combats fought in 1944 and '45 over the Reich. As with the other volumes in the series, a comprehensive text is combined with dozens of photos, including rare color shots, and Tom Tullis' marvelous profiles.

Forsyth's book makes for compelling reading as Luftwaffe units are steadily ground down by Allied airpower. Ill-served by their leader Goring, the various Jagdgeschwaders kept flying and dying till the last days of the Reich. Despite improved aircraft like the FW 190D and development of new tactics such as the Sturmgruppen assault units, the steady loss of Experten coupled with shrinking fuel reserves doomed German air defense operations.

All in all, a very readable summary of the dying days of the Luftwaffe and a treasure trove of photos and artwork. Luftwaffe fans will want this book. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very good photographic/profile material 5 Mar. 2007
By braxen - Published on
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In the same series, I bought "war in the east" which I found a bit disappointing in term of original documents. The nature of the conflict in the East may not have helped to gather that many first hand pictures.

This volume on the contrary has a wealth of interesting photographies and the corresponding color profiles. It makes this volume of particular interest to the collector and aircraft hunter.

Without being over enthusiastic about the book (I am more a mid level "enthusiast" looking for plenty of color profile) I find this book a good source to place me in a friendly way at an advanced level in luftwaffe history, and I am grateful for this because it does it totally painlessly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book for Luftwaffe Fighter Buffs 22 Aug. 2006
By J. Robert Rule II - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the wonderful Jagdwaffe series, published by Classic Publications. In a large thin format, these books have a nice balance of history and high quality color profiles with extensive notes on camouflage schemes. This book is profuse with details of Luftwaffe operations in 1944-45 pertaining to the fighter arm. Details of operations and personnel are handled concisely and well. The reader will find good coverage of the Sturmgruppen, and most of the color profiles are of Focke-Wulf products, including Dora 9s and Ta-152s. The Me-109 fan will find sparse coverage in this volume. This book makes a nice companion to the Osprey aircraft series and such accounts as Willi Heilmann's Alert in the West.
great book 31 Mar. 2008
By Helmut Krause - Published on
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This series of books is worth the money. They provide a gripping narrative of the history of the fighting units.

As well as this there are extensive pictures and excellent colour line drawings of some of the aircraft used.

This is one book to get!!!
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