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 ground attack 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
"Schlachtflieger" 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 their new Volume on the
Luftwaffe's ground attack units - "Schlachtflieger".
This title has contributions from six of Classic Publications'
The book commences with a summary of early bombing experiences in the
First World War, and the uniquely German concept of specialised ground
attack. The text continues with a description of development of the
concept between the wars, including rhe failed Heinkel He 50 and Ernst
Udet's testing of two two Curtiss F11C-2 Hawk dive bombers.
Following a discussion of the Hs 123 and Ju 87, the book describes
the testing ground for these new aircraft and tactics during the Spanish
The bulk of the book then focuses on the use of ground attack units
during the Second World War, starting with "tip and run" tactics over
Britain, life and death struggle on the Eastern Front, and ground attack
units in the Mediterranean theatre and Norway, wrapping up with short
chapters on specialised units including Sonderstaffel Einhorn, III./KG
200 and Kommando Schenck.
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 Ground Attack 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 a wide selection of ground attack
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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