Heinkel He 162 "Volksjäger”
Last-Ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe
S u m m a r y
|Publication Details and ISBN:
||Heinkel He 162 "Volksjäger”
Last-Ditch Effort by the Luftwaffe
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover, 48 pages.
Available online from History Facts online shop
||Complete reference and history on the type
||If you are looking for a complete history of the Volksjäger then this is the book for you.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Peter Müller’s History Facts publications are based in Switzerland and specialise in conducting research on the military material of the First and Second World War. Whilst enthusiasts and modellers of military subject will be familiar with their works aircraft modellers may not be.
If you have never seen one of the History Facts publications, you are in for a treat as they are very, very comprehensive to say the least.
The subject of this review is their only publication (to date at least) that covers aircraft. This aircraft being the Heinkel He 162 Salamander, or Volksjäger (People’s Fighter) as it was also known.
The publisher’s approach is somewhat different than the norm as rather than simply writing a history of the He 162, they have re-produced a great deal of the project’s original documents with the idea of allowing the reader to form their own impression of the development, manufacture and operation of the aircraft. Whilst admirable, the actual task of doing this is a little difficult as the original documents are all in the German language however, to be fair though the accompanying text is in the English language and does go a long way in assisting you.
As stated above, the book is very comprehensive! A glance at the contents page gives you some idea of what is between its covers:
- Military situation
- Economic environment
- Developments in 1944
- Ernst Heinkel Aircraft Works
Project “Kleinst-Jäger“ [Midget Fighter]
- Project commissioned by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM
- Development work at Heinkel
- Developments undertaken by competing companies
“Volksjäger“ [People’s Fighter
- Selection process
- Contract placed with Heinkel
Development of the He 162
- Constructional description of the production model 162
- Prototype Heinkel He 162 V-1
- Construction of prototypes and pilot series
Manufacturing the He 162
- Series production
- Production output
- Delivered aircraft
The He 162 in action
- Operating instructions for pilots
- Test Detachment 162
- Fighter Wing 1 “Oesau“
- Allied spoils of war
- Versions of the He 162 (side elevations 1:72)
- Four-elevation views of the He 162 in scale 1:48
- Colour schemes, markings and other illustrations
- Propulsion units
- Heinkel He 162 in museums
- Air attacks against German fuel production
- Abbreviations and equivalent terms
- Glossary of terms
- Index of individuals, place names and subjects
- List of sources and bibliography
First published in 2006, it is a weighty tome indeed. It is hard back bound and comprises 450 pages in all. It holds 200 reproduced file documents as well as some 140 black and photographs, 50 scale drawings, 10 pages of colour drawings that show profile drawings of in-service Volksjägers showing the different camouflage finishes they wore as well as their squadron markings.
If you are looking for a complete history of the Volksjäger then this is the book for you. It will also provide the modeller with reference to assist in detailing a scale Volksjäger but to be truthful, the price of entry will deter those on a budget.
Thanks to History Facts for the sample.
Review Copyright © 2010 by Rodger Kelly
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