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Bf 110 vs Lancaster: 1942-45 (Duel) Paperback – 20 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780963165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780963167
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 0.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Robert Forczyk presents an outstanding reference work of research and analysis. […]This is a very welcomed title and I am highly enthusiastic about it. Easily recommended! --Aeroscale

As usual in this series, the text is perfectly integrated by profiles, drawings, three views and cockpits, truly works of art by the illustrators Gareth Hector and Jim Laurier. In a nutshell, a very rich and interesting title. --Marco De Montis

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Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this is the gripping story of the struggle between the British Commonwealth's mighty four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bomber and Nazi Germany's Bf 110 nightfighter, equipped with airborne radar and innovative weaponry, in the night skies over Germany in 1942-45.

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..this latest 'Duel' title features the usual competent text, the usual Bundesarchiv pictures, unfortunately already seen many times before, a relative dearth of first-person accounts and some neat cockpit and 'action' illustration by Hector and Laurier, two of the best in the business. Unsurprisingly (for an American) author Forczyk concludes that Bomber Command's night offensive was on the whole thwarted by the Luftwaffe night fighter defenses, the Lancaster being especially vulnerable to the upward firing armament of the Bf 110 twin-engine night fighter. The 'duel' was largely fought out against a backdrop of tactical innovations by the radar scientists and while the British had the strategic edge at all times, German nightfighters were able to score some tactical victories, although usually (not that the author points this out..) when weather conditions conspired to leave the raiders exposed to night fighter offensive action. Which happened occasionally with disastrous consequences for the bomber crews. While the text skips neatly through events and actions to which entire books have been devoted elsewhere, ultimately though the Lancaster and its crews get relatively little credit here for the almost wholesale destruction wrought on German industrial centres and related infrastructure. The fact that German armament production increased during 1944 is explained, Mr Forczyk, by the FANTASTIC resources devoted by the Germans to bunker building, civil defence, production dispersal, underground factories and many other factors - not least the relative ineffectiveness of the USAAF's daylight bombing offensive - and not to any failure of Bomber Command's night offensive.Read more ›
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Good book but, like most Osprey book, a bit too short.

Raises the question as to why the RAF kept up night raids after D-DAY. The US had won air superiority for day raids, so cover of darkness was more of an advantage to the 110 than the Lancaster.

I enjoyed this book, as it dared to criticize the Lancaster, and also gave reasons for doing so .
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Having bought 1/48th scale kits of both these aircraft i was looking around for books to use as reference for the builds,this came up in my recommendations so having done a little online research i thought i`d take a chance on it.
Whilst this is a typical Osprey Book (well written and researched) it is woefully lacking in images,both photos and illustrations.
Normally i would rave about Osprey books,i own about three dozen of them !,but this one falls into the "could do better" category,especially with all the large scale kits that are out there.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was full of great information and comparisons of the both aircraft. It was certainly unfortunate that the Lancasters weren't equipped with better armament sooner, perhaps they wouldn't have lost so many brave young men.
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Robert Forczyk's Bf 110 vs Lancaster: 1942-45, Duel # 51 is an excellent survey of the grim nightly battles over Nazi Germany between RAF Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe's Nachtjäger. The author revisits the subject and brings some very welcome new material to the subject, in particular that the RAF contributed to the nightly massacre of bombers by failing to discover the existence of the upward-firing Schräge Musik cannon mounted on Luftwaffe night fighters, and an unjustified faith in their own radar technology to keep the bombers safe. The abysmal survival chances of Lancaster crews compared with other RAF bombers is also a sobering revelation.

Unfortunately the book is marred by the use of incorrect German:

On pages 6, 29, 39 and 72, gruppen [sic] should read Gruppen.

On page 26, it might be worth mentioning that Schräge Musik transliterates as 'slanting music', but was actually the German word for jazz.

On page 33 jagddivision [sic] should read Jagddivision.

On page 42, Zahme Sau actually means tame sow - the German word for a boar is der Eber or der Keiler; a wild boar becoming der Wildschwein (wild pig). Thus the author's wild boar (Wilde Sau) should actually translate as wild sow - i.e. female.

On pages 47, 48, 50, 52, 54, 59, 60 and 69 he lapses from correctly spelling all German nouns with a capital letter - Flugzeugführer, not flugzeugführer [sic]; Bordfunker, not bordfunker [sic]. If Robert can get the Umlauts right, why not the capital letters?

On pages 37, 55 and 64 flak [sic] should more correctly be spelled FlaK.

On pages 48, 50, 58, 60, 72 and 77, staffel or staffeln [sic] should read Staffel or Staffeln.
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