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5.0 out of 5 stars Another 'Classic', 5 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Junkers Ju87: From Dive - Bomber to Tank Buster 1935 - 45 (Hardcover)
Those familiar with Classic Publications will know what to expect from this book, those who dont are in for a treat. This is yet another superb reference work and one long waited for on the Ju 87. Eddie Creek, working without J. Richard Smith this time, has put a huge amount of work into this book. There are plenty of photographs, well reproduced and some first class illustrations. There are also numerous reproductions from Luftwaffe & Junkers technical manuals. Finally, some very nice 1:72 plans are provided to cover all major variants. The book covers the full history of the Ju 87 from Junkers early designs, through its service life to the end of the war. It also includes sections on the famous aircrews who flew the Ju 87.

A great book, thoroughly recommended to all with an interest in military history and to all model builder.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently produced single volume history, 18 Aug 2012
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Howard Mitchell (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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The Ju 87 has become one of the icons of World War Two. Stukas screaming down to bomb yet another disintegrating army has become a cliché seen in nearly every programme on Germany's early victories. Its reputation among aircraft enthusiasts is more mixed and the type is often dismissed as vulnerable due to its withdrawal in the Battle of Britain and virtual disappearance from Western Europe soon afterwards.

Creek's book is an exceptionally well illustrated chronological history of the Ju 87. It starts with the story of the Junkers firm and the history of dive bombing in the Luftwaffe, which was not always as readily embraced as might be thought. The design of the Ju 87 and its selection over its competitors is covered, as well as the fortuitous Spanish Civil War which allowed the very first Ju 87s to be tested in combat.

Following chapters tell the Ju 87's story chronologically from the first days of World War Two to the last. The Ju 87's role is traced from its support of the German army over land, its often very effective use against shipping, its conversion into a gunship hunting tanks at ground level, and its use as a harassment night bomber. Operations on the Eastern front are covered as well as its use in places as far apart as Finland and North Africa.

Creek tells this story well and integrates it with the technical history of the Ju 87. The failure of its intended replacement, the Me 210, kept the Ju 87 in front line service and various changes were made to adapt and improve it for new conditions and roles. The efforts to create a carrier based version are also discussed. Its use by other Axis countries such as Italy and Hungary are covered.

One of the strengths of the book is its huge number of informatively captioned and crisply reproduced photographs, some in colour. Many show details of aircraft components as well as whole aircraft. There are a few scale plans, coloured profiles and extracts from original Junkers documents.

Frequent biographies of key Ju 87 fliers are dotted around the text, from the aviatrix Melitta Grafin Schenk von Stauffenberg who performed hundreds of test dives to the famous Hans-Ulrich Rudel, one of the most capable of all combat pilots. These range from a few sentences to several pages.

I would have liked to see more analysis. For example, the one fact that everyone knows about the Ju 87 is that it was withdrawn from the Battle of Britain but unfortunately Creek is no better than other authors at understanding and explaining the complex reasons why this happened.

Physically this is a well produced hardback of the high quality which will be familiar to those who have seen recent books from Classic.

In summary this is an excellent single volume history of the Ju 87. The balance between text and photographs means you will have to look elsewhere for a day by day account of Ju 87 operations, but at 336 pages it has space for a good overview combined with details of the aircraft's development, and many interesting and relevant photographs.

By chance Peter Smith's book on the Ju 87 has recently been updated and re-issued. Smith is a more fluent writer than Creek and his book has more detail on Ju 87 operations, but far fewer photographs. Unfortunately Smith's book is also the least objective I have read in many years and much of it reads like a sales brochure for the Ju 87. I much prefer Creek's history. For a detailed look at one aspect of Ju 87 operations Nick Beale's history of NSG 9 is still available and worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book on an aircraft which evolved to cover other roles., 2 Feb 2013
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R. Stewart (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Junkers Ju87: From Dive - Bomber to Tank Buster 1935 - 45 (Hardcover)
This is a very well produced book , and in keeping with this series the production values are high and you get a well presented quality book.
Font size is good , it is clearly set out , diagrams both period and line drawings are clearly laid out and are easy to follow and link to the text, likewise the photographic reproduction is excellent.

Most of us will know the JU87 as the dive bomber of Blitzkrieg and the failed dive bomber withdrawn from the Battle of Britain, this book takes things a good deal further and at best I would redefine my knowledge of the aircraft as being an awareness of the bomber rather than a deeper understanding. I did look at the book for a long while before buying it asking "do I need it, will I read it, can I use it" and as I have said I thought I knew the aircraft from more general reading encountering it in various books over 40 odd years, so my buy was not an instinctive one but more based on consideration and an honest reflection of my understanding of the aircraft and what I had seen of its use and development in all theaters of operations.
The "Stuka" was not "a war winner" and was often presented as such by propaganda sources but against the right targets it was a weapon which in expert hands could deliver the goods with great accuracy. (If anything she was an old warhorse which need demanded that she had to keep going beyond any reasonable expectation).

The authors cover the shortcomings and on going development of the aircraft as well as focusing on the successful aircrews who flew the type.
In this single volume which IMO is worth the cover price, no regrets in buying it and glad to be able to learn something more about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference work for modellers, 28 Nov 2012
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Graeme Buckley (Wellington New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Junkers Ju87: From Dive - Bomber to Tank Buster 1935 - 45 (Hardcover)
This is a fine reference work on a classic aircraft. It is particularly good in establishing the historical context that gave rise to the design requirements, from the Imperial German Air Services ground attack activities in WW1, through the foreign subsidaries of German aircraft manufacturers by which a continuity of experience was maintained during the Versailles Treaty restrictions of the Twenties. It also considers why the Luftwaffe developed as with a main focus of army close support rather than the strategic bias of the British and Americans. It makes it clear that the Ju-87 did not arise simply because Ernst Udet got a bee in his bonnet about dive bombing. (An iteresting footnote in reference to the German fixation on divebombing in particular the sorry sage of the He-177 makes the valid point that the British conducted dive trials with the Vickers Wellington, although the British had the good sense to stop)

There is a good selection of photographs, mostly black and white, though there are some coloured as well. Reproduction is good, and they are big enough to be useful. Classic have included their usual excellent colour profiles, though some more overhead / undersides in addition to the side views would have been nice.

The coverage of the planned carrier versions is particularly good, including details of the German carriers and how they were planned to operate, and the political interplay between Goering and Raeder. There are also some interesting photos on the use of the Ju-87 as a glider tug for the DFS-230. Photographs of some of the less frequently used weapon options, such as the waffentrager and cluster bombs and freight containers are also useful.

Another attractive feature is the small biographic inserts on various prominent Ju-87 pilots.

My only caveat, and it's a minor one, is how the book is organised. I would be able to find things more easily if the developmental history / production and varients (built or only planned), was separated from the combat/operational histories. The operational history is mostly chronological (including early use in the Spanish Civil War), but switches between theatres rather than providing a continuous sweep.
Overall, a good reference work and value for money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review, 29 Oct 2012
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The Best Book yet on the Ju-87 plenty of information for anyone interested in the History of this Aircraft one slight gripe is that the illustrations from the Handbook are in German a key with Translation in English would have been good otherwise can recommend it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junkers 87 Stuka, 16 Sep 2012
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This is another great publication from Classic. As you would expect, here are numerous new photographs, some excellent colour profiles and enough technical information to suit the historian and modeller alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars STUKA ACTION, 8 Feb 2013
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THIS WAS GREAT STUFF, AS I THINK I'VE POSTED BEFORE? GREAT ACTION SCENES BUT MAYBE TOO LITTLE COMMENTARY ABOUT THE STUKA'S ROLE, PARTICULARLY IN 1940?
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