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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782003568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782003564
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.6 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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..".a book that is well written, has a gob of period photos, some excellent art work and is well worth reading. Pick it up, I know you'll be pleased."- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

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Donald Nijboer is a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He teaches courses in radio broadcasting at Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning. His four books, Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions, Cockpits of the Cold War and Graphic War The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War Two have been published by the Boston Mills Press. He has also written articles for Flight Journal, Aviation History and Aeroplane Monthly.

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This book illustrates very effectively one of the most important combat scenario in the WWII.
Malta, beginning of 1942: the British forces are under a continuous and hard siege by the Axis forces. This is a dramatic situation: if Malta is conquered by the Axis then there is a real possibility that the whole British empire
falls down. To counteract the RAF reroutes in a hurry tens of Spitfire Mk. V toward the Mediterranean island.
The Mk. V is the last version of the “Spit” and so will be the first to fight outside homeland. The rival will be the beautiful Macchi C. 202 Folgore, an Italian thoroughbred designed by the smart Eng. Mario Castoldi, the author of the sleek and fast M series hydroplanes that rivaled the Supermarine S series for the Schneider Trophy conquest.
Author Donald Nijboer is a well reknown historian specialized in WW II aerial topics. He is very effective in illustrating all the main hints of the crucial Malta campaign, the hinge between Great Britain and the Colonies. Nijboer also underlines the Folgore’s qualities, that made it a eally hard to feat enemy with sprightly performance and impressive maneuverability. Indeed the Italian pilots demonstrated high skill at the controls of the Folgore, but the real problem for them was that they had so few aeroplanes to fight against hordes of freshly built Spifires. A measure for the huge disparity in numbers is given by this datum: in two years the Folgore was built by Macchi, Sai and Breda in 1.200 units: during the same time frame, the British factories built more than 6.500 Spitfires and several thousand of Hurricanes! This huge disparity caused an unavoidable defeat, dramatically assisted by obsolescent tactics, poor inter-forces coordination and the lack of radar, the true British “secret weapon”.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smith on 4 Sept. 2014
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I am waiting for this book to be available for my Nook,but so far no luck so i will definately buy the paperback.I have been intrigued by the Macchi 202 ever since i purchased and built the first of the Macchi model kits in 1964 by Frog.I have studied the history of it over those years and would like to pass on some knowledge that i have gained. I love the Macchi 202,it looks like a thoroughbred racer.Every aeromodeler enjoys building this aircraft because of the wide variety of beautiful flamboyant camouflage schemes. It is probably the best looking fighter of all time. Performance wise it was very agile up to 280 mph,but over that the Spifire MKV had the edge in turning circle, rate of climb and also carried the far heavier armament.A direct comparison of the two aircraft is difficult because the spitfire had a far heavier operational weight and was also hampered by that awful dust filter that was neccessary on Malta, in fact most Macchi 202 pilots had their 7.7 mm wing machine guns and ammunition removed to save weight in an attempt to compete with the Spitfire MKV in a flick roll, this left the Macchi with a serious deficiency in fire power with 2 fuselage mounted 12.7 mm guns only which lost 25% of there rate of fire due to the propeller interrupter. Also the Spitfire MKV was slightly faster,approx 5 to 15mph on the level depending on height.This is where a basic comparison ends . The Macchi 202 could not compete with a Spitfire MKIX in any department which was far superior with a speed advantage of 40 to 50 mph. I am not trying to give a history lesson but just a bit knowledge for when you purchase this book.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. MARKUSS on 20 May 2014
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This is another fine effort and well worth buying, with a thorough analysis of the two aircraft, their pilots and the performance in combat, though there are two minor points that I take issue with.
Firstly, like many authors Donald uses the word ‘Wehrmacht’ when he should either use ‘German army’ or, in German, ‘das Heer’. ‘Wehrmacht’ means ‘armed forces’ and as such the organisation incorporated army, navy and air force, as is obvious when looking at German military vehicle licence plates of the period – WH, WL and WM. Although the term ‘Wehrmacht’ has become almost synonymous with ‘German army’ this is incorrect and should be discouraged.
The other issue I have concerns the planned Axis invasion of Malta in 1942. On p. 63 Donald states that an invasion “was beyond the resources available”, but I beg to differ. Apart from the excellent Folgore Parachute division, trained by Germany’s General Ramke, the Superba air-borne division plus 60,000 Italian troops in six divisions were available for a sea-borne invasion. Essentially Rommel’s cavalier attitude towards logistics (someone else’s problem, never his) and the temptation to attack Ritchie instead helped to doom any plans to invade Malta, especially after Hitler also lost interest. The plan lacked political will to execute it, not resources.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
still limited coverage of the C202 actual abilities 31 May 2014
By adepss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I eagerly anticipated Donald Nijboers book comapring the effective folgore C202 vs the spitfires over malta.
Unfortunately the author falls back into the old biased routine of praising the RAF and its pilots never questioning actual RAf pilots claims regarding kills. In contract the author without fully or deeply researching Italian or German records (as is eveident) often casts doubts on Italian pilot "kill"claims withoiut providing supportive evidence, at best he relies on some equally doubtful past publications from authors that pandered to the reade fans of the allies, and this is where the book fails. We are left with very little actual factually deeply researched comparison of the spitfire vs Folgore C202 and instead are given the authors opinion or quotes from other modern day authors that had already glossed over the folgores actual effectiveness in the malta campaign (albeit briefly). Overall in the past 10 years the quality of Osprey publications regarding the WW2 era has only marginally improved, they need to hire authors that can read the targets language instead of relying merely on English sources some of which have proven to be highly questionable and subjective. HAving said that this is stiull worth a read and is better than most offerings available in English, it could have been better though, You should read 53 stormo and also Italian aces of ww2 along with this book to gain further insights into the C202s effectiveness in WW2
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Badly needed information 4 May 2014
By d. Moondog 63 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Osprey "Duel" books have been an interesting addition to their product line. I've been collecting their "Men At Arms" volumes for almost 40 years and while first I assumed the Duel books to be just a quick rehash of old information I have since found them to be a unique and interesting way to study these subjects.

The comparison of capabilities and performance is similar to some of the documents I was required to produce while conducting IPB ( Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield) as a battalion S2 in the army. Seeing how the platforms stack up against each other is a very dynamic way to study and ultimately understand them.

I am particularly pleased with this selection of aircraft; the Italian military - especially the air force - gets the short end of the stick when it comes to coverage. Part of that is due to a misconception of the true nature of the Italian fighting man but the Italian military hasn't been much help in getting the word out either. The bitter feelings stemming from the division in forces after Italy capitulated in the fall of 1943 caused the Italians to kind of put a lid on records and information - whether the skeleton in the closet is co-Belligerent or ANR no-one wants to talk about it - so we're left with a very shallow puddle of information about the Regia Aeronautica and its descendants. Books like this provide a welcome addition to that puddle.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A contest of thoroughbreds 6 Sept. 2014
By Marco De Montis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book illustrates very effectively one of the most important scenario in the WWII
Malta, beginning of 1942: the British forces are under a continuous and hard siege by the Axis forces. This is a dramatic situation: if Malta is conquered by the Axis then there is a real possibility that the whole British empire
falls down. To counteract the RAF reroutes in a hurry tens of Spitfire Mk. V toward the Mediterranean island.
The Mk. V is the last version of the “Spit” and so will be the first to fight outside homeland.
The rival will be the beautiful Macchi C. 202 Folgore, an Italian thoroughbred designed by the smart Eng. Mario Castoldi, the author of the sleek and fast M series hydroplanes that rivaled the Supermarine S series for the Schneider Trophy conquest.
Author Donald Nijboer is a well reknown historian specialized in WW II aerial topics. He is very effective in illustrating all the main hints of the crucial Malta campaign, the hinge between Great Britain and the Colonies.
Nijboer also underlines the Folgore’s qualities, that made it a eally hard to feat enemy with sprightly performance and impressive maneuverability. Indeed the Italian pilots demonstrated high skill at the controls of the Folgore, but the real problem for them was that they had so few aeroplanes to fight against hordes of freshly built Spifires.
A measure for the huge disparity in numbers is given by this datum: in two years the Folgore was built by Macchi, Sai and Breda in 1.200 units: during the same time frame, the British factories built more than 6.500 Spitfires and several thousand of Hurricanes! This huge disparity caused an unavoidable defeat, dramatically assisted by obsolescent tactics, poor inter-forces coordination and the lack of radar, the true British “secret weapon”.
Summing up, this is a real smart book, particularly effective in explaining the bad points of the Regia Aeronautica
and the Fascist regime.
Good integration is given by the rich and high quality iconographic section, courtesy of the well-known Jim Laurier and Gareth Hector who drew the detailed and beautiful 3 views, combat scenes and cockpit views.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
THE BEAUTIFUL MACCHI 202 24 Feb. 2015
By Michael Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am waiting for this book to be available for my Nook,but so far no luck so i will definately buy the paperback.I have been intrigued by the Macchi 202 ever since i purchased and built the first of the Macchi model kits in 1964 by Frog.I have studied the history of it over those years and would like to pass on some knowledge that i have gained. I love the Macchi 202,it looks like a thoroughbred racer.Every aeromodeler enjoys building this aircraft because of the wide variety of beautiful flamboyant camouflage schemes. It is probably the best looking fighter of all time. Performance wise it was very agile up to 280 mph,but over that the Spifire MKV had the edge in turning circle, rate of climb and also carried the far heavier armament.A direct comparison of the two aircraft is difficult because the spitfire had a far heavier operational weight and was also hampered by that awful dust filter that was neccessary on Malta, in fact most Macchi 202 pilots had their 7.7 mm wing machine guns and ammunition removed to save weight in an attempt to compete with the Spitfire MKV in a flick roll, this left the Macchi with a serious deficiency in fire power with 2 fuselage mounted 12.7 mm guns only which lost 25% of there rate of fire due to the propeller interrupter. Also the Spitfire MKV was slightly faster,approx 5 to 15mph on the level depending on height.This is where a basic comparison ends . The Macchi 202 could not compete with a Spitfire MKIX in any department which was far superior with a speed advantage of 40 to 50 mph. I am not trying to give a history lesson but just a bit knowledge for when you purchase this book
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
WHERE EAGLES CLASHED WITH FALCONS - MALTA 1942 31 May 2014
By KOMET - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book offers a coherent and concise comparison of the relative merits and deficiencies of 2 of the finest fighter planes to see combat during the Second World War. The Spitfire V (the most widely produced progeny of the family of Spitfires whose outstanding combat performance against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940 ensured its legendary status) arrived in Malta at a very crucial time in the war when a British defeat in the North African/Mediterranean Region seemed all but certain. Malta was the lynch pin that helped to keep Britain in the war.

On the Axis side, there was the Macchi C202 Folgore, the creation of the great Italian aeronautical engineer Dr. Mario Castoldi. From the time of its initial combat deployment with the Regia Aeronautica in the Spring of 1941 to its commitment (in larger numbers) in the Siege of Malta the following year, the C202 went head-to-head against the Spitfire V in some of the deadliest aerial combat clashes of the war above the Mediterranean.

Like the other books of the Osprey Duel Series, this one is rich in photographs and illustrative diagrams of both aircraft. The aviation enthusiast who delights in tales of derring-do will love this book. And even if the reader has only a general interest in the Second World War, "Spitfire V vs C202 Folgore: Malta 1942" can be easily read in the course of a few hours.
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