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He 111 Kampfgeschwader on the Russian Front (Combat Aircraft) [Paperback]

John Weal
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20 July 2013 Combat Aircraft (Book 100)
The twin-engined He 111 was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's bomber arm at the start of World War ll. Accompanied by the Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber, it provided the aerial striking power for all the early Blitzkrieg campaigns, sweeping all before it throughout the first 12 months of hostilities. Although it was found wanting when faced by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, it gained new renown on the Eastern Front. The He 111 bomber was in action against the Russians from the first day of the war until the last. It played a part in all the major battles and was employed in a wide variety of roles, including operating as a strategic bomber, torpedo-bomber (over both the Arctic Ocean and the Black Sea), train-buster, interim nightfighter and, latterly, as an auxiliary transport.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780963076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780963075
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.9 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author has assembled a fascinating look at the twin-engined bomber in action against the Russians and a concise text is illuminated by rare black and white images along with an excellent selection of colour profiles. --Air Classics

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One of the world's finest profile artist, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes this work a treat for students of the subject. He has written three previous volumes in the Combat Aircraft series and more than a dozen Aces/Aviation Elite Units titles, all of which have been top sellers. John Weal is undoubtedly one of the best airbrush artists in the business, having illustrated more than 20 books for Osprey since 1994.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Old soldier that carried on 8 May 2014
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Despite its apparent obsolescence following the BoB the Heinkel was essentially a sound aircraft that did everything that was asked of it in Russia. From strategic bombing to tactical ground support to supply dropping. Only the He 111 could get into and land at Stalingrad in the final days in weather and landing conditions that no other aircraft could manage. The book follows the fortunes of the different Gruppen so sometimes the chronology is hard to follow as we go backwards and forwards in time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful complement 27 Oct 2013
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Although the history of the He 111 and its operationnal record is already well documented, this Osprey volume offers the usual in depth research about the operational career of the aircraft on the Russian front, which was by far the most diversified and challenging one for the old workhorse. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Heinkel 111's Combat Record on the Eastern Front! 6 Aug 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Though an aging warrior, the Heinkel 111 played an active role on the Russian Front from 1941 to 1945. The twin-engined bomber carried out strategic bombing missions, CAS strikes, minelaying and torpedo-bomber ops along with pitch-hitting as a transport when needed. John Weal summarizes the He 111's war record in HE 111 KAMPFGESCHWADER ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT. A 2013 Osprey release, it's #100 in their 'Combat Aircraft' series.

By June 1941, the He 111 was being steadily replaced by Junkers' twin-engined jack-of-all-trades, the Ju 88. Nevertheless, the 200-odd Heinkels operated by KG 53, 55, 4 and 27 launched devastating attacks on Russian airfields and other targets on 22 June. Moving forward as the German blitz plunged further and further into Russia, they ably supported the Nazi advance. And when the tide turned, they lent valauble support to the comrades retreating back to the Reich or to those surrounded by Russian forces. Ironically, the last missions flown by Russian Front Heinkel crews were supply drops to the last fortress of the Reich - Berlin!

Given the broad canvas of the Russian Front, Weal does a workmanlike job of describing the combat ops of the various Heinkel units. Including wartime reminiscences by various He 111 aircrew made for a more lively narrative. However, there's a fair amount of ink given over to recounting the to-ing and fro-ing of He 111 KGs as they relocated from Front to Front to lend their much-needed services. Weal also devotes 2 1/2 pages to the He 111 campaign against the Arctic convoys, which, to my mind, isn't directly Eastern Front activity. I'd have preferred he featured more Eastern Front bomber ops material instead.

The book is illustrated with over 70 b&w photographs and 30 striking, color He 111 side-profiles done by Weal. Mark Postlethwaite's cover artwork - of an I-16 ramming a He 111 - is absolutely first-rate, one of his best artworks yet!

Luftwaffe enthusiasts and bomber buffs will enjoy HE 111 KAMPFGESCHWADER ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT. It provides a broad-based and nicely-illustrated overview of Heinkel's warbird earning new battle honors over the steppes of Russia. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He 111 15 Aug 2013
By Economist43 - Published on Amazon.com
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The book met my expectations, and I recommend it to fans of this kind of publication. I would have like a little more info on the technical changes in He 111H series variants, but this is a history of one of the bomber's particular deployments, not of its design development, and as such, it was well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of He-111 operations in the East 2 Jan 2014
By Hedgehog6 - Published on Amazon.com
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While there are limitations to this format in terms of size, this volume gives a nice overview of He-111 operations in the East from the beginning of Barbarossa through VE Day. The description of the Poltava raid from the German side was new to me, and I was pleased that the account did not just peter out, but followed the action right to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great details 20 Oct 2013
By Scott Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book starts off with all the units that operated the HE-111 and also shows how only one full unit was still operating this type of aircraft at the end of the war. Reader gets a view of the outstanding aircraft mission and the amount of aircraft losses suffered.
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