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Luftwaffe Squadrons: 1939-45 [Hardcover]

Chris Bishop
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31 Aug 2010
An invaluable reference guide for modellers, historian and aircraft enthusiasts alike. 200 artworks. Illustrated with detailed artworks of German combat aircraft and their markings, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons 1939-45 is a comprehensive study of the Luftwaffe in World War II. Arranged chronologically by theatre of war and campaign, this book offers a complete organisational breakdown of Luftwaffe units, from the Polish campaign through to the last days of the Reich. Each campaign includes a compact history of the Luftwaffe's role and impact on the course of the conflict, as well as orders of battle, lists of commanders and campaign aces. Every type of aircraft is featured, including the numerous variations and types of well-known models, such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109, Junkers Ju 87 and Focke Wulf Fw 200, through to lesser-known aircraft, such as the Arado Ar 232 transporter, Heinkel He 162 Salamander fighter and the Henschel Hs 129 tank destroyer. Each aircraft profile is accompanied by exhaustive specifications, as well as details of individual and unit markings. Packed with 300 colour profiles of every major type of Luftwaffe combat aircraft, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons 1939-45 is an essential reference guide for modellers, military historians and aircraft enthusiasts.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books; First Edition Reprint edition (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904687628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904687627
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Bishop was a prolific military historian who wrote and contributed to numerous military publications during a career spanning over 25 years. His books include SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions, Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions and Panzergrenadier Divisions. He died in 2008.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice intro to the subject 29 May 2011
Not for the scholar.

Something other than side views of the same a/c in different squadron markings would be good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source book 30 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent source book on the Luftwaffe with clear chapters on each stage of the air campaigns, details on both planes and squadrons and excellent illustrations. An essential book for those who want to know more about the Luftwaffe and their structure. Brilliant photos and colour plates
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 15 Oct 2006
By Michael D. Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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A mildly interesting picture book, this volume contains almost nothing on the alleged subject matter; it is, rather a somewhat juvenile chronology of Luftwaffe operations in World War II. Some of the artwork is interesting, some is rehashed from old Salamander publications. The cutlines are also repetitive and sometimes wrong. All that saves it from one star is the useful glossary. Not worth the purchase price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what it's supposed to be........ 6 Nov 2007
By Craig A. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book thinking it was going to be a comprehensive book about Luftwaffe Squadrons (hence the title) during World War 2. I purchased the book online so I couldn't flip through it to see what it was like.

While I'm not sorry I purchased it, it is NOT comprehensive in any way. This book is more of a VERY general overview of Luftwaffe operations during the different periods of World War 2. The various sections show some artwork of different aircraft used by different squadrons along with captions telling the briefest information about each. But only select squadrons are mentioned.

The general text is more in the way of background about what was happening during the time period of that section of the book. In some cases, this text is almost totally unrelated to Luftwaffe operations, instead describing the operations of the army.

The one thing I did like about the book was the way it broke down the different time periods on the airwar. This helped to put into context the changing role of the Luftwaffe, the resultant change in aircraft production requirements, and the Luftwaffe's ultimate demise.

As a resource book it's lacking but it looks pretty, and it's easy to read a section or two each night before falling asleep. In spite of its flaws I'll keep my copy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A nice book for modellers, not for insiders 25 Dec 2007
By Rj Veenenberg - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the book from Internet, because of the title: "Luftwaffe squadrons" to get insight in its formations on all fronts during 1939-45.

I was disappointed not to find this so desired insight. Here and there are tables of units, which bear sometimes a relation to the chapter. The battle of Britain lists two different total number of aicraft per type, but no single insight in the many formations at that time.

More serious is that the book has too many omissions about important Luftwaffe sett backs or losses. If fails to portray the grevious losses of the Luftwaffe suffered in the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, nor are the formations listet of those days and those which flew in as reinforcements during the battle of Moscow.

That the Luftwaffe lost so many transports (Ju52'S) over Norway, The Netherlands around The Hague, Crete near Maleme, Demyansk, Tunesia is not clear from the text.

I miss the feeling of those intense air battles fought over Stalingrad, the so succesful bombing raids of Von Richthofen to stop the many Soviet attacks north of Stalingrad, the fierce air-battles over the Kuban, Karelia, Leningrad, Sevastopol, Kursk. The German offensive near Jassy in the spring of 1944 with large air support (!) and the lack of air support which doomed Army Group Centre in 1944. The remarkable succesful German air attacks on the Soviet supply lines to the Oder in 1945.
As a good history book it fails to portray this essential stuff and virtually no proper organization tables.

On page 184 the losses of the Luftwaffe are not pitted agianst those of the Allies. The German "Jagdwaffe" lost 7000 fighter pilots and 17.000 fighters in WWII shot down by enemy aircraft and anti aircraft guns. The other losses were due to all kind of damage (ground strafing, accidents).
To the 70.000 men lost in combat is unclear if these also contain losses by the 22 Luftwaffe field divisions, the 9 parachute divisions, ground personel, the many captured on teh East FRont.

Interesting enough the reader is informed of the many "not returned" German pilots crash landing behind Soviet lines. These were in almost all cases brutally killed by these "Allies". Another NOT proper adressed feature of the war.

What IS nice (but not balanced) are the aircraft drawings. Data near the drawings is not always usefull or correct. So 2 Stars for this part!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Book 14 May 2014
By Dummy - Published on Amazon.com
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A small book that details the operational formations of the Luftwaffe. I found it interesting, but leaving me wanting more. For a modeller, it is a start. For the historian, it leaves you wanting. I recommend to those simply interested in a general overview.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fingertip reference very useful 6 July 2014
By white tiger - Published on Amazon.com
Top notch referrence, Luftwaffe heraldry,Well illustrated great art and photos, Guide while reading other material!
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