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This review is from: Junkers Ju88 Volume 1: From Schnellbomber to Multi-Mission Warplane (Hardcover)
I pre ordered this book back in 2011 , priced at £35 it seemed like a good deal to go on, received my copy on return from holiday last weekend.
For the price you do get a lot for your money , at full RRP it comes in at £50 which is not cheap by any standards.
The book itself is presented in the familiar format of this publisher and this series , so no major surprises. The book is well made , print and photo reproduction is clear throughout, line diagrams are well sized and as far as I can see without problem.
In one week it is impossible to read completely and digest a book of this nature and I do not pretend to have done so , I have however spent time with the project and have read some selected sections and have come away impressed.
The JU88 is a well known aircraft, one of "the maids of all work" which comes from it being as the authors describe as being a " proven design" one which preformed well and provided scope for diversity and service beyond its primary role as a bomber.
The development of the aircraft as a heavy fighter, nightfighter , even that of mounting a recoil less 88mm gun are explored as well as projects like the 188 288 and 388 which were developed from the basic 88 itself.
I am happy to say I can honestly say I have learnt a fuller appreciation of the JU88 itself and gained some insights into how the Luftwaffe worked , also pleasing is a chapter comparing it to similar aircraft from other nations within the Axis and Allied camp.
This first of two deals with " Development, Production and Technical History and use as in other volumes has been made of period material from Luftwaffe and Junkers documents.
Volume 2 will deal with Operational use of the JU88 both "Day and Night", looking forward to this one to be sure for it is as a nocturnal warrior that my major interest in the aircraft comes , it is also worth saying that this volume dove tails nicely with the book on the Mistel projects.
Worth buying IMO a thumbs up.