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Warplanes of the Third Reich [Hardcover]

William Green
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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Jane's Pub.Co.; First Edition edition (15 Oct 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356023826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356023823
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 23.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comprehensive review of all types. 672pp. prof. photo. & scale dwg. Illus. Hardback sl.bmpd D.J. gen near fine. Lovely book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the WW2 standard references 2 Sep 2002
This book can be regarded as the masterpiece of William Green, but it can also be considered as a further elaboration of the German part of his earlier 'Warplanes of World War Two' and the 'Famous Fighters/Bombers of World War Two' duo. In that case I would like a 'Warplanes of the British Empire' as well, and for that sake of any other main combatant in WW2. For books about warplanes of other countries often miss the exhaustive and encyclopedic way Mr. Green has used in describing the German Aircraft of World War Two. There are detailed technical analysis, thorough histories of development, assessment of performance, beautiful line drawings and vital statistics of each and every single type of aircraft that Germany produced before and during World War II. I have yet to see a similair 672 page work about US, British, Russian, Japanese or Italian aircraft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green's Magnum Opus 17 Jan 2007
I had this book on my shelves for months trying to work out whether it was a book to read from cover to cover, or a reference work to be dipped into as required. In the end I decided to just read it, and I am so glad that I did. It is a fascinating journey through the aeroplanes used by the Luftwaffe, from the early 1930s through to 1945. Towards the end of the war they produced lots of innovative prototypes that inspired both western and Soviet aerospace designers for years after the war. The book covers every plane that made it to prototype stage and a number that never left the drawing board. You get a history of each type and a small three view drawing. I skipped a few planes, but read about the vast majority of them and enjoyed every minute of the experience.

I don't think this is in print any more, but get it second hand. If you have an interest in military aviation you will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Essential Luftwaffe book 30 Nov 2008
By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE
There are innumerable books on the Luftwaffe and its planes. Why is this special? The reason is simple. This is utterly comprehensive, providing information on *every* plane built in Germany for the Luftwaffe in the period 1933-1945. It covers all the prototypes as well as all the types that went into ptoduction. But that is not what makes this book special.

As these planes were built by a regime that saw propanganda as a vital adjunct to government there is always a risk that their performance data for these planes may have been distorted for political reasons. Indeed there was a whole plane, the Heinkel 113, that was played up by the nazi regime as being in major squadron service when in fact it was the failure for the design competition that gave birth to the Bf 109.

William Green has cut through the propanganda and distortions to provide a true picture of the performance of these planes. This is a truly academic work on a popular topic and, like the book Wings of the Luftwaffe, is an indispensable addition to any aviation enthusiasts library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definative work on German WW2 aircraft. 11 Feb 2004
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William green has written one of the great works of military history in this book and without doubt the definative book on the subject. His personnal masterpiece,the subject of twenty years work.It is truely stunning in it's detail of the individual planes but through this depth tells the story of the expansion and final defeat of the Third Reich.Entries are listed alphabetically by manufacturer and then chronologically.If you own other books on the subject you still need this,nothing else comes close on the subject. With over 500,000 words and hundreds of wonderfull photo,s and diagrams, as another review rightly said;no other book on the WW2 aircraft of a particular country comes close to this.A superb book to treasure for peaple who love the subject.
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