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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 30 Sep 2007
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This review is from: From Barbarossa to Odessa: The Luftwaffe Strikes South East June - October 1941: Air Battle for Bessarabia, 22nd June - 3rd August 1941 Pt. 1 (Paperback)
The book covers the campaign for Bessarabia in June and July 1941 and is an important addition to C. Bergström's books about the air war on the Eastern Front in that it covers the operations of some of the lesser known allies to the Germans in the form of the Rumanian, Hungarian and Slovak Air Forces in addition to the Luftwaffe and VVS. The campaign along the Black Sea coast wasn't the "walk in the park" as the initial months of Barbarossa often is pictured as. The VVS had been forewarned of the invasion and had managed to disperse their aircraft and thus wasn't as surprised as on other fronts. This also meant that they were able to strike back and offer a stronger resistance to the Axis' very mixed types of aircraft. Both Rumania and Hungary operated a "rich" variety of aircraft types and which must have been the quartermasters' nightmare. Rumania for instance used British, German, Polish and indigenous fighters in combat against the VVS! They also used French, German, Polish, British, Italian and indigenous bombers!
The book is in a day-to-day account, which gives it a lasting value as a reference book to go back to in the future.
The book is highly recommended and for anyone interested in either or both the air war on the Eastern Front and the minor air forces during the Second World War, it is a must!
I have only one objection to the book and it is that it doesn't have any index, which is a pity since it has a rich wealth of names, which without an index is very difficult to search for. I hope that this will be added in Volume 2, which I eagerly await!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding research work, 29 Aug 2007
This review is from: From Barbarossa to Odessa: The Luftwaffe Strikes South East June - October 1941: Air Battle for Bessarabia, 22nd June - 3rd August 1941 Pt. 1 (Paperback)
Being used to Osprey Military style publishings, technical literature and publications presenting a military or political standpoint, i was pleasantly surprised by the in depth level of a publication which tracks down every single aircraft operation.
One could use this book as reference on statistical or other military publications on "Barbarossa" or components as subject.
Being a layman on the subject of aviation in general, and ww2 aviation in particular, this book restarted my interest in aviation, which was awaken briefly by Constable&Toliver's "Horrido" a few years ago and maybe will push me towards aircraft modelling, something which i stood away from so far.

Some parts were, for me, sometimes cumbersome to read, as i was not familiar with many of the abbreviations, so it took me a bit to adjust, as this is not the style of book one would sit down and read for entrtainment on a rainy afternoon. I also realized that a set of good maps of the region, especially Bessarabia, are a must. However, Encarta Worldatlas did do a good job in providing me with a measuremen tool for aircraft ranges.

To sum it up, I want to congratulate Denes, Dimitry Karlenko and Jean-Louis Roba for the outstanding research work made available to us readers, for an often overlooked part of the war. It is a must-to-have work for any ww2 aviation enthusiast with an interest in the eastern front and especially for an ARR fan. Keep 'em comming gents!
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