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A good book on an aircraft which evolved to cover other roles.,
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Most of us will know the JU87 as the dive bomber of Blitzkrieg and the failed dive bomber withdrawn from the Battle of Britain, this book takes things a good deal further and at best I would redefine my knowledge of the aircraft as being an awareness of the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.