2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2011
Osprey Books have often been criticized for not offering more than the standard amount of information you'd expect on a given subject. There are exceptions, and this is one of them. The subject is without a doubt well researched, containing various personal accounts of the events along with records from both sides involved in combat, a good collection of photographs(though not as good as the JV 44 book, though this might have something to with the respective policies on photography in Jg7 and Jv44) and short biographies of the protagonists. The many colour profiles are top-notch and not at all generic and...70s style like some others encountered in the series.
Unfortunately, the writing can be confusing at times because of the way it is organized: An account of a day's combat can start with the an isolated incident, then jump to a more general view of the situation, whereupon the author will sometimes interject a short biography of a pilot that has just been introduced. This can take up to almost a whole page, after which the narrative of the combat will continue as if uninterrupted. I found myself sometimes going back and forth, trying to connect the bits of information that were directly related while separating them from the frequent small interruptions. While I appreciate that information on Luftwaffe operations in 1945 can indeed be fragmented and confusing, I think the author could have done a slightly better job of tidying things up.
Then on occasion one finds a very detailed description of a minor technical detail, like the way an R4/M 55mm rocket is attached to it's rack. While this is welcome information, it seems slightly out of place in that there is no similar treatment for other technical subjects: the jet engines, or the bomb racks, or the mk 108 cannon. If this were a larger, more expensive volume, it could feature a whole separate section covering the technical aspects of the aircraft. But in this case, the book is supposed to focus on operations, and such lengthy descriptions of minor details just serve to further disorganize the text and bore the reader.
Summing up, I applaud the hard work and research gone into this, but I would not call it an 'entertaining' read. It is more like a collection of raw primary sources. Readers with only a passing interest of the subject might find the text tedious to wade through. However I do not hesitate to recommend this book because for the wealth of information and the quality of the artwork it is an absolute bargain.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Following on from his recent excellent JV 44 book, this is a second Osprey Elite volume from Robert Forsyth, author, historian & driving force behind the leading Luftwaffe publishing house, Classic Publications. Having worked with him on some of his titles I know Robert well. In fact while Robert initially had doubts about producing these titles for Osprey, I urged him -over a pint- to take the project on, knowing full well that there is no-one more passionate or knowledgeable on late-war Luftwaffe (jet) ops. One year on then this new release relates the story of the Luftwaffe's most prominent Me 262 jet unit and is an excellent compilation of the latest research including new photos (all the 'recent' LiF Sinner pics in one place) and personal accounts assembled in a superb package. I particularly enjoyed the stories from the ex-JG 300 contingent. Once again the book features some superlative artwork from Jim Laurier and unusually for Osprey the bibliography comprises a range of unpublished sources.. Recommended!