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Modern German Luftwaffe Unit History Series No 4


Die Luftwaffe 1956-2006

by Bernd and Frank Vetter





S u m m a r y

Title: Modern German Luftwaffe Unit History Series No 4 - Die Luftwaffe 1956-2006
By Bernd and Frank Vetter
ISBN: 3-935687-55-9
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 64 pages plus covers
Price: 14.95 Euros available from specialist book and hobby shops, or direct online from AirDOC Publications.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Great concise history of the modern Luftwaffe, many excellent photos.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended for those with an interest in modern Air Forces

Reviewed by Ken Bowes

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Number 4 in the AirDOC Modern German Luftwaffe Unit History Series is a concise and lavishly illustrated history of the Bundes Luftwaffe itself. 2006 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Luftwaffe and it seems appropriate that a German aviation publishing house like AirDOC would choose to publish this book in that year.

Like other AirDOC publications the text is in both German and English in opposite columns opening the contents to a wider audience. The book itself is printed on high-gloss paper with the majority of its many photographs being in full colour.

The authors of this volume follow what is probably the best and most logical approach, which is to address the subject decade by decade. The opening chapter first of all deals with the creation of the German Armed Forces in the late 1940s and early 1950s before dealing with the early years of the Luftwaffe. Subsequent chapters cover the 1960s to 1980s. The final two chapters deal with the 1990ís which saw the Luftwaffe absorb its former East German counterpart, and of course the Luftwaffe in the 21st Century.

The text is easily readable and well support by illustrations. Given the wide variety of types operated over the last fifty years there is plenty of inspiration for modellers.

In summary, this is very nice package. Modellers and historians alike will find it an extremely useful addition to the library.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to AirDOC Publications for the review sample

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Review Copyright © 2007 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 22 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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