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on 3 May 2012
Excellent insight into the role the Typhoon played in the later part of the European theatre of WWII. Superb pilot recollections of actual events alongside the problematic development of the Typhoon as an aircraft of the RAF. Covering the early troubled career of the Typhoon on to the Normandy landing in June 44 and then onto the invaluable and courageous efforts of both airmen and groundcrews during the push to Berlin. Ideal for modellers wanting detailed information on schemes of the period. An ideal accompaniment to other books on the subject.
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on 18 August 2013
I have collected and studied quite a few of the Typhoon books (The Combat History, Typhoon Attack, Day of the Typhoon, etc.), as my Dad served in 2nd TAF as an armourer fitter and I suppose for reasons of space the book doesn't quite cover the subject of the groundcrew support and the stories of their advance in 1944 through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The illustrations are good and for a modeller, probably quite helpful to unique a model and markings, although profiles are covered one side, but wings above and below are not. The emphasis is a bit upon the British Squadrons and Wings and my interest is on 123 Wing, the Canadian Pilots and Squadrons, 438, 439 and 440. Perhaps the other point to be more strongly emphasised is that my goodness, those young men were brave and losses were high, even in those closing months of the war. This machine was a bit of a brute and the fact that no aircraft went on in the post war years,(as opposed to Spitfire and Mosquito), and only one physical example remains, indicates that it was a risky animal to maintain and fly.
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on 16 June 2013
Mr Thomas has written anothet great book on a important subject of WW2. I have several books by him and they never disappoint, they are informative, easy to follow and flow when read from cover to cover with plenty of high quality colour plates and period photographs. Tie that all together with pilot accounts and you get a book that is good for the modeller or someone who hss an interest in aviation history. Highly recommended.
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on 14 May 2014
Waste of money for modellers as only get a description not the 40 colour plates. Why do Osprey or Amazon rip us off like this without prior warning? Book itself superbly written and informative by the leading authority on the Tiffie
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on 6 February 2015
Very informative book was given as a gift to a modeller who found it very helpful for his latest build. Book delivered as stated & on time.
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on 9 February 2013
Lots of detailed artwork and photos for those who need to look for such detail. The text is well written and informative.
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on 30 December 2014
Any book on the 2nd TAF is of great interest
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on 30 July 2014
as advertised
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on 14 October 2015
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on 10 March 2013
It has been claimed that these aircraft were not effective in Normandy but history would have been a horribly different story without them. The RAF was and is always notoriously reluctant to do it's job and support the army on the ground they wanted the glamour of aireal combat.

During the War - The British Army themselves had to create their own Air Force from scratch to serve in Europe and in India and the Meditterranean. Just like the Admiralty performed miracles to create their own Fleet Air Arm to go where they needed them. Some influential people forget that the RAF establishment almost lost us the war with their stupid inter-war indugences and peacetime sinecure soldier prejudices whose attitude to ground attack had always been - that it was a job for the new boys!.

Within just a few years of the war the Tactical Air Force had ceased to exist, this had been done before when The First World War ended and all the tactical ground attack aircraft were scrapped just leaving some fancy scouts to use for displays during some Hoity - Toity Home Counties - air carnival.
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