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El Sbd-3 Dauntless Y La Batalla De Midway/dauntless Sbd-3: La Batalla De Midway (Historia, Aviacion Y Modelismo) (Spanish) Paperback – 30 Nov 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Brosquil Ediciones, S.L. (30 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8495620642
  • ISBN-13: 978-8495620644
  • Package Dimensions: 23.8 x 21.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,632,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive Tribute to the SBD! (English Version) 27 Jun. 2009
By Mike O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Now and then you come across a book that was clearly a labor of love for the author. SBD-3 DAUNTLESS & THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY clearly falls in that category. Daniel Hernandez produced a well-researched, extremely well-ilustrated and almost exhaustive history of Douglas' war-winning dive-bomber and the role it played in the Battle of Midway.

In 216 pages bulging with information, Hernandez first chronicles the war in the Pacific up through the Battle of Midway and then devotes the last 110-odd pages to describing the Dauntless design. Along with over 400 hundred b&w and color photographs, Hernandez includes dozens of color profiles of SBDs, other USN and IJN aircraft and ships, maps and 3-D diagrams illustrating the various stages of the Midway battle. The SBD section seems to describe every possible aspect and nut-and-bolt of the Dauntless design. The effort Hernandez put SBD-3 DAUNTLESS & THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY is commendable; for that effort alone, he should get six stars!

I regret that I had to give the book four stars. The translators did a poor job. Not only don't they seem to be very fluent in English, they demonstrate a lack of knowledge of military terms. There are numerous mistakes throughout the book - grammar, verb tense, incorrect usage, etc. IJN Zero squadrons are termed 'Air Control Units' when the correct term is Fighter Squadrons. One USN pilot drops away from his squadron and worries he might not be able to "recuperate" (i.e. "rejoin" or "join up"). Hernandez describes how an SBD bomb had "abandoned the aircraft" when it would be more correct to say "released" or "dropped." At one point, the text refers to "the 9 apparatus(!) from the Midway attack units" and on and on and on. It's a crying shame someone more knowledgeable didn't do the translation!

Every time I leaf through this book, I'm impressed by the effort the author put into it. Having written my own labor of love - MIG KILLERS OF YANKEE STATION - I know what he went through. I wish I could give it five stars but the clunky text works against that. In all but one respect, this book is a gem!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is also available in English, with an excellent translation! 13 Nov. 2005
By D. Ells - Published on Amazon.com
Well, I own and have read the English translation of this book, and I wrote a review of it on the author's website ([...]- mine's at the bottom), but for some reason Amazon.com does not offer the English translation of this book for sale! I think it's great that the book is available in Spanish, the author's native language, but there are surely just as many English students of the SBD-3 Dauntless & the Battle of Midway as Spanish. You can order the book from the website listed above if Amazon.com won't sell it.

But this book is definately worth it, a true labor of love. The website & the reviews can give anyone interested a much better idea than a few words from me.

David
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