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|Media and Contents:
||Hard cover; 280 pages plus
covers; high quality glossy presentation in portrait 8.5” x11”
format; 36 colour profiles; around 300 historical photos.
USD$68.95 available online from Eagle
||In-depth examination of the air
war over the Eastern Front from July 1942 to November 1942; well researched; good
narrative and analysis; around 300 black and white photos of people
and aircraft; 36 attractive colour profiles by Claes Sundin.
Reviewed by Brett Green
The third installment of the "Black Cross Red Star" series is
sub-titled "Everything for Stalingrad". The focus is on the air war over
the Eastern Front from July 1942 to November 1942. This was a pivotal
time of teetering fortunes in the Second World War, not only in Russia
but across the globe.
Despite continuing high losses, by mid-1942 the Soviet VVS was
improving in terms of equipment and fighting spirit. Aircraft such as
the Yak-7, La-5 and Il-2 Stormovik bolstered the VVS against the
experience of the Luftwaffe. By the closing months of 1942, the previous
German dominance of the skies was seriously challenged.
The quality of the content and presentation of this latest volume is consistent with the
excellent earlier major works of Eagle Editions, and of the author Christer Bergstrom and his artist collaborator Claes Sundin.
For this volume, Bergstrom is also joined by co-authors Andrey Dikov and
The authors commence with a summary of the position of the Luftwaffe
and the VVS after twelve months at war, followed by an account of the
German 1942 summer offensive "Fall Blau", the turning point in the north
at Leningrad and the long, ultimately decisive, action above
The co-operation of pilots from both sides of the conflict lends a
fascinating first-party authenticity to the text.
The book is generously illustrated with around 300 black and white photos. Claes Sundin teams up with the author again, presenting
attractive colour profiles of Soviet and Luftwaffe fighters - almost a book's worth
of illustrations here alone! A number of full colour photos are scattered
throughout the body of the book, including some real beauties (the
colour photos of the airfield on page 17 is especially impressive). The
book is rounded out with four pages of maps documenting the various
combat zones of 1942, plus comprehensive Appendices detailing VVS Order
of Battle. Luftflotte 4 Order of Battle, Order of Battle for 8 VA and
102 IAD/PVO, Luftwaffe Losses, Luftwaffe Structure, VVS structure, Rank
Equivalencies, Military Awards and chapter notes.
"Black Cross Red Star Volume 3 "is an beautifully packaged account of
this critical period of the air war in Russia. The book should be
considered essential reading to Luftwaffe and VVS buffs; while the 300+
photos and 36
profiles make this volume a valuable source of reference and inspiration
Eagle Editions for
the review sample.
Black Cross Red Star 3 is
available direct from
Eagle Editions website or specialist bookstores
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