- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Classic Publications (30 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903223466
- ISBN-13: 978-1903223468
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,050,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jagdwaffe: War in the East, 1944-1945: Luftwaffe Colours, Vol. 5, Section 2 Paperback – 30 Jun 2006
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Publication of the final series of Jadgwaffe volumes is now underway. Using very rare photographs, this is the story of how the fuel-starved Jagdwaffe covered and protected the relentless German retreat from the East along a 1,000km front through Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania to the skies over Berlin while suffering terrible attrition from the Soviet Air Force. There is also a portrayal of the leading aces Erich Hartmann (352 aerial kills), Gerhard Barkhom (301 kills) and others who became legends over the Eastern Front.
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The air combats fought in 1944 and '45 were some of the most desperate of the war as the shrinking band of Luftwaffe Experten waged a losing battle to counter Russian advances. Pilots such as Hartmann, Rall, Barkhorn, Brendel, Kittel and Hafner ran up tremendous scores against their VVS opponents but all for naught.
Like earlier Russian Front volumes, this book is an engaging combination of text, a wealth of photos and gorgeous color profiles by Tom Tullis. (The work Tullis has done in interpreting black and white photos to create his artwork is worthy of Sherlock Holmes). Anyone interested in the Russian Front and Luftwaffe "top guns"(JG 51, JG 52, JG 54, etc.) will enjoy this book.
All in all, a good overview and a visual treat. Highly recommended!
It's sad to see this series end. There's been a lot of first-class Luftwaffe history published in its 20+ volumes. Congrats to Classic Publications/Ian Allan for a job well done!
The book is well done in the sense that you see actual pictures and the corresponding profiles of some of the planes.
If you are interested in everything that is related to German fighters in the East in 44-45, this book is a must have as it has some original pictures well worth seeing. However, you won't get a comprehensive view on the topic of German fighters in the East, but rather a sum of rehashed documents that already exist in other books.
If you want a mid level comprehensive book on German fighters in 44-45 on the east front with lots of profiles, you will be left disappointed.
By late 1944 newer Russian aircraft became the equal to or exceeded the capabilities of the German fighters. By 1944 the enormous tank battle at Kursk had taken place, and the armored units were in bad shape. More and more of the burden fell on the German air force.
Then in the middle of 1944 came the invasion and a new set of problems as the allies were quick to build fighter strips in France and brought over huge numbers of planes. This required the removal of some units from the Eastern Front.
As with the other books in this series, this book is mostly photographs and drawings of the planes used by the various German units on the Eastern Front. A considerable amount of research went into determining the actual colors, markings, and other details of aircraft used by individual units.
While Western historians and certainly movies would have you believe that the bulk of the fighting occured on the Western Front, the Eastern Front was the primary battleground so far as Germany was concerned. In 1944 the Russians admit to the loss of over 10,000 aircraft, the German loss was over 8,000.
If aircraft color schemes are of interest to you, this book will be invaluable. If you are merely interested in the history of the Germans defending on the Eastern Frong, the photographs shown here present a story themselves that would be an excellent accompanyment to any written story.