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Jagdwaffe: Jet Fighters and Rocket Intercepters 1944-45 (Luftwaffe Colours, Vol.5, Section 4): v. 5 [Paperback]

J. Richard Smith , Eddie J. Creek


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18 Jun 2005
This is the last of the 20 volumes in the Jagdwaffe series which represents one of the most comprehensive pictorial accounts of the air war in Europe between 1939 and 1945 from the standpoint of the Luftwaffe, 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 Each volume incorporates more than 200 rare images, many previously unpublished, alongside specially commissioned colour artwork, detailed narrative and personal reminiscences.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 final volume in the series covers the final phase of World War 2 in Europe, with the German forces on the retreat in Italy and on both the Western and Eastern fronts. For the Luftwaffe, increasingly short of serviceable aircraft and, more importantly, trained pilots to fly them, it was a period when supremacy over the sky was ceded to the victorious Allies. Although the recently-introduced jet aircraft promised a great deal in terms of performance against more traditional aircraft types, production was limited and their arrival was too late to swing the tide of war in Germany's favour. With the might of the Allied bombing fleets appearing regularly over the skies of Germany and with raw materials, in particular aviation fuel, increasingly scarce, the last months of the war represented a struggle for the aircrew, where few expected to survive. Widely praised for the quality of images, information and artwork, the 'Jagdwaffe' series builds into a comprehensive archive of information on the Luftwaffe and its colours and markings during the war. No serious student of the period can afford to miss this addition to a highly successful series.


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Richard Smith and Eddie Creek are familiar names to the Classic list, having contributed between them a number of highly successful volumes to the imprint. These include, most recently, On Special Missions: The Luftwaffe's Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945 and the four volumes in the Kampffleiger: Bombers of the Luftwaffe 1933-1940 series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful History of Luftwaffe Rocket & Jet Fighters! 4 Jan 2006
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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The Luftwaffe Colours series wraps up with this stand-alone volume on the major jet and rocket fighters developed by Germany in the Second World War.

The authors, J. Richard Smith and Eddie Creek, had done an excellent job tracing the development and operational use of Messerschmitt's lethal Me 163 and 262 aircraft. While both aircraft had great potential, each aircraft had problems in development; the Me 163 in particular was an inherently dangerous aircraft due to the fuel it used. Though each aircraft achieved some success, the effect they had on the air war was minimal.

As with other volumes in the series, the book is a combination of narrative, including first-hand accounts of flights and combats, dozens of photos including rare color shots and over 20 color profiles by Creek and Tom Tullis.

Very nicely done!
4.0 out of 5 stars Jagjwaffe V5 Jet Fighterws and R9ocket Interceptors 31 Oct 2012
By Lonnie W. Morris Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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If your interested in this luftwaffe aircraft,It is must to get.A true Collectors Book,Very Informative.Not Much info on luftwaffe officers involved.Statatiscs are bare mininum.But good pics
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jets!! 29 April 2010
By Hernani S. Oliveira Filho - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excelent book showing the final years of the war with the jets like Me 163, He 162 and Me 262, have a lot of drawings and photos.
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