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German Aircraft of the Second World War Hardcover – 1972

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  • Hardcover: 745 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam; 1st edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851778364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851778365
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Withill on 11 Aug. 2014
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Fantastic general reference of just about every Luftwaffe / RLM design .......
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2001
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Like many books in this series, German Aircraft is a well researched and expertley written book. The information provided is second to none and in an easily understood format. This book is ideal for any aviation enthusiast.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An excellent addition to the bookshelf. 31 Aug. 2004
By Ned Middleton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
German Aircraft of the Second World War is a hardback book measuring 11" x 8" (28cm x 20cm) containing almost 400 pages of solid information. Whilst the opportunities to visit any warplane underwater are extreme rare, I have visited hundreds of ships which met their fate at the hands of such aircraft and this book has yet to let me down as I search for the detailed knowledge I seek to complete the entire story of each such shipwreck.

Just as there are different makes, models and special editions with the motor cars of yesterday and today, so there were many variants of the different aircraft - not only because those aircraft evolved as they were improved, but also because some were converted to undertake a more specialist role. For example, there are over 9 pages devoted to just the Heinkel HE111 and all it's variants so, it does seem reasonable to assume all that modifications for the many other aircraft are also all there.

As one might expect, the bulk of the book is taken up with Fixed Wing Aircraft (as was the bulk of the German Luftwaffe) after which are sections on Rotary Wing Aircraft (helicopters), Fixed Wing Aircraft Projects and Missiles. There are sufficient photographs throughout the book to ensure each aircraft is well represented.

For many people, I am certain this will be the only book on the is subject they will ever need.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great overview 21 Aug. 2013
By J. boyle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is very valuable to anyone interested in WWII aviation. Like the earlier Putnam books on the RAF, USAAF/USAF, US Navy and Japanese aircraft, the many types operated by the Luftwaffe in WWII are covered in detail. Each aircraft gets a history, several photos, three-view drawings , specifications and a list of wartime units that operated each type. And unlike William Green's earlier ground-breaking book Warplanes of the Third Reich, trainers and non-combat types are included. Also, missiles and rockets are also included.

An appendix lists government assigned "Type numbers" and where the type remained just a paper project or was built in test quantities only, brief details are given for it. Another appendix gives a list of all known wartime aircraft projects. Where survivors of each type exists, then current details are given on the number of each and general locations.

If you're interesting in going beyond the usual well-known German types, this book will be of great benefit to you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More than Just Pictures 19 Dec. 2013
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Format: Hardcover
Germany in the 1930s had many talented designers as evidenced by the multitude of special-purpose craft here. At random:
The DFS 230 assault glider carrying eight troops. First used to capture Belgian Fort Eben-Emael during the 1940 blitzkreig.
The Fiesler 103R piloted version of the V-1 buzzbomb. It appears to have been championed by proponents of extreme measures.
The Ta 154 wooden night fighter. Nazi version of British Mosquito. Plagued by slow production, then in-flight glue failures.
Ju 86 bomber, initially with diesel engines. Many were re-engined with more reliable gasoline power. It left frontline service before war started.
Fritz X anti-ship missile. Dropped from planes, guided by radio, used in Mediterranean. Hit USS Savannah & others off Italy.
Siebel Si 204 utility twin light transport. Built in France by SNCAC for the Luftwaffe, even continuing after the war.
Each minor type gets 2-3 pages, the major ones perhaps a dozen to cover the variations. Brief description of engines, operational history and designer. On a par with Warplanes of the Third Reich.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Resource 16 Jun. 2002
By Rowland M. Parks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A contemporary work to "Warplanes Of The Third Reich." This book lacks the sheer number of photographs in "Warplanes...", but is an invaluable resource nonetheless. The book is extremely detailed and covers all aircraft and variants employed by the NAZIs during the Second World War. Errors are minimal to non-existant and the book's detail is every bit that of "Warplanes..." This book is a "must" for the serious student of World War Two combat aircraft.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good info 31 Aug. 2013
By garry c. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book, as always by J Smith, having read a number of his books. Fill of info and pictures, would have given 5 stars if in bigger format, but will sit well with authors other books.
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