Top critical review
on 12 October 2017
I really wanted to like this book (I own most of the books in this usually excellent series), but this volume left me very disappointed.
It looks good, with plenty of operational photos and many technical drawings/photos, but, alas, it contains a lot of errors.
The captions are often erroneous, misleading or based on conjecture.
For example, a picture from Norway with hills in the background is from "Denmark or Southern Norway"..., and how can the author possibly know it returned from an anti-shipping sortie, as stated? In another, an aircraft is assumed to be returning from a sortie, just because the external bomb rack is empty.
Bombs are frequently mis-identified, as well.
One of the most damning examples (considering the authors have written several books on WW 2 German Aircraft) is the supposed nose installation of an MG 81Z, which is, in fact, from a FW 189...
Get this volume if you want a general overview of the evolution and operational use of the He 111 and for the photos, but do not expect a detailed technical history or a fault-free comprehensive account.