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German Gliders in WWII (Schiffer Military History) [Paperback]

Heinz J Nowarra

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9 Sep 2004 Schiffer Military History (Book 48)
This rarely presented topic is shown in its uses as personnel, assault and equipment transport.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887403581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887403583
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 26.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to German Combat Gliders of WWII 14 Sep 2013
By Will Silk - Published on Amazon.com
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This book actually gets 3.5 stars in my opinion. It's obviously condensed at just 47 pages, but there is useful information to be obtained through the text and pictures. The tome was originally a German publication that was translated to English. The translation was done quite well in my opinion, as the text and captions read well in English with hardly any choppiness from the translation being encountered.

The book covers seven types of combat gliders used by the Germans throughout the Second World War. The text is good over all with quality information throughout, however the author is a bit too sparse in regards to simply mentioning some topics and then darting in another direction leaving the reader to end up with more questions than when he or she began.

Pictures are of good quality, all are black and white, and some appear "grainy" while yet others may be cut off. There are a few good shots of the cockpit and controls of the DFS230 and Go 242. Captions are 50/50, with half being very informative and others not quite as much. Line drawings are very clear and well represented, though not to any scale that I could find noted.

I think this book offers a great introduction to the topic of German military use of glider aircraft during the Second World War. I was shocked that the author included the Fa 225 tow-copter and mentioned its one time special mission use to retreive Mussolini. That being said, campaigns and operations that gliders were used in are simply mentioned with no depth being undertaken. One thing that is covered is towing techniques within the text. For those looking just to gain a quick overview of the topic, this book will work great; for others looking for more technical and strategic information on how the gliders were implemented, they may wish to try elsewhere. Modelers should find some of the photos within this tome to be helpful, and the line drawings may also be of interest.
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