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on 14 July 2017
The book consists in the main of a day-by-day account of the aerial operations over Greece, Yugoslavia and Crete from the period of the Italian invasion of Greece from Albania until the German conquest of Crete. This is supplemented by detailed information on the orders of battle of all parties involved. Authorial comment is present, but kept to a minimum. Sufficient detail is given on the political and ground campaign side to enable one to follow the aerial fighting, but no more. Most of the day-to-day accounts are quite matter of fact, but are supplemented where possible by first hand accounts from the pilots involved. The authors do try to untangle conflicting accounts of kill claims and so on, where this is possible, or noting where claims of kills cannot be reconciled with the existing record. The accounts of the RAF and RN operations seem most detailed, that of the Yugoslav Air Force least so, with the Axis powers and the Greek Air Force in the middle. This seems to basically reflect the availability or otherwise of source material. However, the material is so much more detailed than anything else available in English at least that this scarcely matters: even the "least detailed" here means "very detailed".
The writing style is competent but overall the book is hardly a page-turner for the general reader. This book seems very specifically of interest to those interested in the real details of WW2 air combat and who already have a keen fascination in the subject. Such enthusiasts, historians and wargamers will find this a very useful source of data on a relatively obscure aspect of a relatively obscure conflict (although violent and important) within WW2. Highly recommended to WW2 air warfare buffs.
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on 5 August 2001
If you require a definitive account of this Air campaign then look no further.The amount of research required into a book such as this can only be imagined. Every air combat claim is looked at from the records of all sides to match the Claim to fact. The operations of each unit are dealt with on a day to day basis with the results analysed. The bombing & strafing prowess of the Luftwaffe shines through together with the fight against overwhelming odds of the British,Commonwealth & Greek air forces. Even the Yugoslav Air force receives due attention. The variety of aircraft types is staggering! I fully recommend this book, not only for its attention to detail in the Air, but also the fact that it covers the Campaign in full.
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