S u m m a r y
||Soft cardboard cover; 302mm x
226mm in portrait format; 96 pages plus covers; around 250
photographs; 24 colour profiles; maps, appendices
for GBP£16.99 from Ian Allen Publishing's website
||Tells the story of the
Luftwaffe's reconnaissance units including aircraft and operations; concise and
interesting narrative; large, relevant photos; nice profiles -
terrific inspiration for modellers.
||Recommended for Luftwaffe
Reviewed by Brett Green
"Aufklarer" Volume 1 will be available online from Squadron.com
The Classic Colours Luftwaffe Colours project is an ambitious series of
books written by an ensemble cast of some of the best respected Luftwaffe
experts from around the world. The focus of the series is the camouflage
and markings of Luftwaffe aircraft from the first tentative
challenge to the Treaty of Versailles to the last days of the Third Reich. The
Jagdwaffe section concluded with 20 books
in that series alone, but Classic Publications has been covering more
specialised areas ever since.
Classic Publications has now released the first in the short "Aufklarer"
series, covering Luftwaffe reconnaissance aircraft and units. Volume One
covers the period from 1935 until 1941.
Appropriately, this title is written by David Wadman, co-author of
the excellent and definitive (but now hard to find) "Aufklärer",
published in the mid-1990s by Hikoki Publishing.
The book commences with a summary of aerial intelligence gathering
via balloon and fixed wing aircraft in the First World War, followed by
a discussion of the planning for aerial reconnaissance in the years
following the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the first
covert units under the guise of civil and target towing roles.
The official establishment of the Luftwaffe on 26 February 1935 saw
the formation of aerial reconnaissance units within the various aerial
commands. The bulk of this title is devoted to the aircraft and
operations of these Aufklarer units until 1941, finishing with a summary
of German naval aviation, aerial cameras and an overview of camouflage
This new title comprises 96 pages in the familiar large format (303mm x
206mm) of the Luftwaffe Colours series. Around 250 photos, mostly of the
wide variety of aircraft used in the Aufklarer role, are one of the highlights of this title. Captions are detailed
and relevant, and provide useful information about the colours and
markings of the subjects.
The side profile illustrations are very
attractive, and cover a wide selection of early war reconnaissance
It is good to see Classic Publications apply its
attractive and effective style to this sometimes neglected aspect of
This book in the Classic Colours series is ideally suited to
modellers with its many inspiring profiles and its discussion of
camouflage and markings.
Thanks to Simon at DLS Australia and
Allen Publishing for the review sample
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