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|Title, Description &
||Luftwaffe at War Gathering Storm
1933 Ė 1939 Volume 1
||Hard Cover; 280 x 215 mm format; 192
pages. 149 b/w, 97 colour photos plus over 200 drawings
available online from Ian Allan Publishing
||Comprehensive behind the scenes look
at the rise of the Luftwaffe, excellent artwork, interesting selection
Reviewed by Floyd S.
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Classic Publications is a name synonymous with quality historical
publications and this new series of books is no exception. Lavishly
illustrated with the people, planes and maps of the birth of the
Luftwaffe this book tells the story from the end of World War I up to
and including the Polish campaign.
This soft bound book contains 95 pages with over 200 photos and
illustrations. The photos are mostly black and white. The illustrations
include aircraft and geographical situation maps. This book differs from
the Jagdwaffe series in that it concentrates on the geopolitical
situation that affected the birth of the Luftwaffe and not so much on
the aircraft. The aircraft are illustrated with the same illustrations
from the Jagdwaffe series. This is not a bad thing as the profiles look
great even though they are slightly smaller than the ones in the
Jagdwaffe series. They are still quite useful. The photos are clear and
mostly black and white.
The book actually starts at the end of the First World War with the end
of hostilities and the expansion, yes expansion, of the air force. It
took many years for the German air service to demilitarize. We are
treated to the likes of Goering, Kesselring, Richtofen, Milch, and the
rest of the higher echelons. It is interesting to see the political in
fighting that took place between leading characters of the Luftwaffe. It
makes you wonder what would have happened if Wever didnít get killed.
Would World War II have turned out differently?
The book is written in an easy to read manner which is very nice when
dealing with politics. I especially liked the section on the Spanish
Civil War. It explained the build up and the whole concept of the civil
war. The text and photos made it easy to understand.
For those who want to round out their history of the Luftwaffe this
book, and the rest of the series, is an easy way to do so. I personally
canít wait for the rest of the series. Between this and the rest of the
Jagdwaffe series you will have a very good reference set.
I obtained my copy through
www.aeroplanebooks.com . They were friendly and quick. Let them know
you heard about it from here.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Floyd S. Werner Jr
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