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Jagdwaffe: War in the East, 1944-1945: Luftwaffe Colours, Vol. 5, Section 2 Paperback – 30 Jun 2006

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  • 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)
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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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Classic publications have so far in 18 sections covered a very large subject in a depth worthy of praise. This section, with 2 more to go, is one of the best, the narrative gives the reader a perspective only found when reading biographical accounts, but surrounds this with photo's and line drawings, most of which I have not seen before. Pictures of lines of aircraft surrendered or abandoned sums up the futility of the final 12 months of the 3rd Reich, when the Luftwaffe pilots must have summoned all their courage, just to fly each day, in the same way our pilots had 5 years before. Well done Classic Publications and Ian Allan
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Another fine book in this series-sadly, copies are now becoming scarce. The book describes the final months of the titanic struggle in the East to which Hitler increasingly allotted the dwindling assets of the Reich. Whilst photographs of the final fighting must have been difficult to source, the authors have, nevertheless, gathered together the usual and expected collection of scarce images, many of the aircraft illustrated finishing the war in what is now the Czech Republic. Here the last aerial fighting took place, even after the war was considered officially over, as German units desperately sought to make the US lines to avoid Soviet retribution. The many colour illustrations are superb, by the way.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Air Combat on the Eastern Front - The Final Chapters. 17 Nov. 2005
By Mike O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume, by Bergstrom and Pegg, concludes the "Luftwaffe Colours" coverage of air combat on the Eastern Front. As with previous volumes in the series, it's a winner!

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!
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 3 Mar. 2007
By braxen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book relates to the Luftwaffe actions on the east front in 1944-45, and more specifically the use of fighters.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German Aircraft on the Eastern Front 3 Aug. 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
By 1944 the German Third Reich was not doing very well on either the eastern or western fronts. This book covers the German fighter groups assigned to eastern front against Russia. By 1944 the front line German fighters were the FW-190 and the Me-109. Against the Americans and British the FW was the machine of choice. In the East it was still the Me as the Russian front line fighters were still inferior to the German machines.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotterdammerung! 10 May 2007
By Marc Morrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being the final book in the Jagdwaffe series that deals with the Luftwaffe's death struggle with the Soviet Red Air Force, "War in the East 1944-1945" provides an excellent conclusion to this subject. As usual, the photographs are interesting and thoughtfully chosen. I enjoyed the mini biography of Gerhard Barkhorn very much. There is also supposed to be a bio of the "Blond Knight" Erich Hartmann in the main text, but I haven't found it yet. However, the main draw for me once again were the color aircraft profiles by Thomas Tullis. Awesome job! This book is highly recommended to modelers or anyone else interested in this subject.
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