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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few books on the Germans' maritime strike aircraft in WW2, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: Focke-Wulf Condor: Scourge of the Atlantic (Hardcover)
Recommended. A useful and interesting history of German anti-shipping air strikes in the Atlantic in WW2 and British counter measures. One of the few books on this topic. The book focuses on the FW200 Condors of KG40 operating from Bordeaux against merchant ships. The Condors were a civilian airliner design adapted for the maritime recce and strike role. Churchill called them the 'scourge of the Atlantic'. The book's great strength are the descriptions of each Condor attack giving an excellent picture of the Germans' tactics and the often devastasting effect on lightly armed merchant ships. These descriptions appear to be drawn from British 'after action' reports.

The book also covers British counter measures including the stop-gap the British Catapult Aircraft Merchant (CAM) with one-shot rocket-launched Hurricane fighters, and the ultimate solution, escort carriers. It follows a strictly chronological sequence of German attacks and British responses. It lacks an analysis or overview to complement the chronological account, and is the poorer for it. A minor criticism is the lack of titles for the chapters - titles citing the chronological period covered by each chapter would have been useful.

See also the book Fw-200 Condor Vs Atlantic Convoys: 1941-43 (Duel) by Robert Forczyk which has an excellent overview and analysis of the Condor's effectiveness. However it lacks the detailed descriptions of attacks found in the Poolman book. Together the two books provide a comprehensive history of this maritime strike aircraft.
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