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German Jet Bombers In 1940 & Wot No Spitfires?! :-(
on 5 May 2013
I don't normally write reviews, but as I bought this book for my 7 year old son, having been impressed by many other books in the series, this one really annoys me in both what it's missing that to me is a vital part, even attraction, of WW2, as well as factual inaccuracies. Firstly, how can you have a book about the Second World War that fails to mention the Battle Of Britain, and thereby the Spitfires and Hurricanes and their brave pilots that fought so gallantly? Secondly, though there is good mention of the Blitz in 1940, there are pictures of German bombers over London obviously with jet engines, and as far as I remember from my own interest in all things both WW2 and plane-shaped from an early age, jets didn't appear in the war till much later on, e.g. the German Messerschmitt Me 262, which was a fighter plane, appearing in 1944, and the British Gloster Meteor. I can only assume this is an American publication, as there seems to be a heavy bias to American involvement in the war, for example, given the illustrations not of an English Lancaster bomber, but rather the American B29 Superfortress, and not Spitfires as previously mentioned, but P51 Mustangs. I'm sorry, but for a book about the whole of WW2, perhaps its authors could check their facts and give more credit where credit is very much due, since their country didn't enter the war till 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Now I keep having to look out for these annoyances and fill in the gaps in the story of WW2 to my eager reader.