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German Night Fighter Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces 20) Paperback – 5 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (5 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855326965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855326965
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jerry Scutts has worked in the field of aviation publishing since the late 1960s, writing over 40 books that have covered a broad spectrum of subject matter ranging from US Navy floatplane fighters in World War 2 to the exploits of the USAF_s Phantom IIs over Vietnam. His specialist areas are the Luftwaffe and the US Army Air Forces in World War 2, and he originally appeared on the Osprey list as long ago as 1977, when he wrote the second volume in the now much sought after Air Cam Air War series -- many of the jacket illustrations in this series were also painted by him. Jerry has been a regular contributor to Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces series since its inception in 1994.

Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist, John Weal has written, illustrated and/or supplied artwork for several titles in the Aircraft of the Aces series. He owns one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2, and his research is firmly based on this huge archive. He lives in Berkshire, UK.


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I have given this book a 5 star rating. It is ideal for model makers (like me) and amateur historians (again, like me) as it has some interesting images. The information is concise and well laid out. As with all Osprey books, it is well researched. In short, it's an ace of a book!!
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The book is swamped by inacuracies that severely degrade its value. On the other hand the photographs published in the book represent some value. If you are looking for general overview the book will do. If you are an Luftwaffe aficionado or modeler you should consider whether the couple of pictures (which could be obtained from different sources) is worth the money.
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Great value. Great product.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Abbreviated Look at Luftwaffe Knights of the Dark 27 Dec. 2013
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This is a pared-down description of Germany's night-fighters -Nachtjagd. With plenty of aircraft information, details of paint jobs and external guns and aerials, this is a modeler's desk reference. There are pictures of ramp scenes, locations of service hatches on Me 109s, 110s, Ju 88s, He 219s and Dornier nightfighters. There is sparse text on the stories of aces; mostly narrative of common thinking among crews, like this on p. 84:
Intruding Allied night fighters adversely effected the tactical use of IFF [Identification Friend or Foe], just as they did most other phases of Luftwaffe night fighting procedure. For some time there was a popular belief that the enemy was able to home onto FuG25a transmissions, despite being told that this was not the case, and that the equipment should be left on at all times during operational flights. Circumventing their orders, many crews still switched off their FuG 25a for fear that they would otherwise be detected. In fact crews were generally wary of any IFF device- they lost faith in such equipment after being continually fired upon by their own flak with the FuG 25a switched on or off! It became standard procedure- if no intruders were reported- to switch on FuG 25a at the point of take-off, and to keep it operating until well clear of the airfield. During intercepts the instrument would be turned off, but on return to base, again providing that no warning of intruders was in effect, the set would be switched on shortly before reaching the airfield. '
This illustrates the black-magic aura of radio signals, of being a cog in a military interception unit. The British intruders simply knew the operational details of launching fighters to meet bombers approaching overhead. -and when they saw airfield lights illuminate, they would fly toward the most like direction of takeoffs. Their own radar would find the climbing Nachtjager. Only the most cagy pilots could complete a mission.
Great three-views of the three major aircraft types, color sideviews with explanations and the top aces are listed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL OSPREY AVIATION TITLE! 1 Sept. 2014
By P. A. Panozzo - Published on Amazon.com
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This 1998 edition from the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces #20 is an enlightening, and vital aviation history title capably executed by Jerry Scutts. It is not intended to be a detailed history of the German Air force (Luftwaffe) Night Fighter Arm (Nachtjagd) but instead focuses on the operational techniques employed by the "Nachtjagd" and relates the experiences of a number of it's leading crews. Wolfgang Falck, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Helmut Lent, and Prinz Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and other night fighter aces are featured. The Osprey volumes are concise and handy. This volume is 96 pages loaded with excellent black and white photos, color plates of the aces aircraft (Bf 110, He 219, Ju 88C, Do 215B and Bf 109G), 6 figure plates of the aces, and Appendices listing the names and scores of the "Experten" and 1/96th scale drawings of the aircraft. I highly recommend this volume to anyone that enjoys reading and studying World War Two Aviation. There is a computer simulation (game) called "Defending the Reich" by HPS Simulations that reenacts part of the Night Fighter campaign which I also recommend for anyone that enjoys historical simulations. Defending the Reich
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer on WWII night fighters. 13 July 2012
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This Osprey title recounts the battles at night between the night fighters of the Luftwaffe's Nachtjagd and the bombers of RAF's Bomber Command. As such it does a very good job. The buyer will get the usual, excellent Osprey color plates, photos and illustrations.

The author, Jerry Scutts, tells the story of the formation of the Nachtjagd, its development as the war progressed as well as the weapons used and brief mention of the German night fighter pilots who were successful in the defense of the German homeland against the terror bombing campaign carried out by Bomber Command. The book covers the principle Luftwaffe aircraft used in the night fighter role, mainly the ME-110 but also the JU-88, DO-17, the ME-109 and FW-190 used in the "Wild Boar" role, as well as the HE-219 in limited numbers.

We read of men such as Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Wolfgang Falck, Helmut Lent and Wolfgang Schnaufer - often in their own words. The reader gets a sense of the technological war waged by the RAF and Luftwaffe. The careful reader will note that no technological advantage lasts long before countered by an advance of technology by the other side. It's an important topic considering the massive sums sunk into technology by the world's militaries - especially that of the US.

This is a very good work covering the air war at night during WWII, but I was expecting more about the night fighter aces themselves. Most of the book covers the airwar itself as the war went on with brief mentions of the pilots. Nonetheless, I give this Osprey title four stars for packing a lot of information about the night airwar into a relatively small package.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction length text 14 Dec. 2013
By Steve Koss - Published on Amazon.com
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Very short book, about half of the stories are covered in other texts that I own.
Good for a starter text, with a long section on jet night fighters that is unique.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug. 2016
By Gonzalo Bures - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book
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