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Air War Over the Atlantic (Paperback)

WWII Aviation World War Two Aviation Luftwaffe

By Manfred Griehl
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Luftwaffe at War
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9781848327917
Published: 4th February 2016

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Late in 1938, the German Navy Supreme Command commissioned a report into the combat effectiveness of its airborne divisions. As a result of its findings, the German High Command instigated a major construction program for planes with a specifically maritime role: carrier-borne, reconnaissance, mine laying and most importantly, long-range units were all developed.

In this volume of the outstanding Luftwaffe at War series, Manfred Griehl showcases a photo-history of the development of the Kriegsmarine airborne capability from the early Condor missions to the introduction of Me 262 A-1a jet fighters in 1944.

More than a hundred rarely seen pictures illustrate the gradual turning of the tide against Germany in the war for the skies over the Atlantic: as the German war machine struggled to match demand for aircraft, so the pilots attempting to control crucial supply routes struggled to compete with mounting allied technical and numerical superiority.

This is an excellent source of background information and analysis.

The Northern Mariner, July 2017 - reviewed Charles Ross Patterson II, Yorktown, Virginia

An addition to another popular pictorial history series. Text is limited to a brief introduction, captions and extended captions. – Highly Recommended.

Read the complete review here.

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Cocardes, June-July 2016

Another new edition from Pen and Sword of a series of books first produced by Greenhill books, this particular one back in 2003. The opening four pages give the story of the Luftwaffe operations over the Atlantic, the units involved, the aircraft they used and the oppostition they faced. That leads into the first section of photos which are 8 pages of archive colour pictures. These give some useful modellers references for the large Focke Wulf Condor as well as the uniformas worn by their filght crews. The remainder of the book, pages 17 through to 72, are filled with more black and white archive photos, all of which have been well captioned.

When we think of the Battle of the Atlantic then perhaps the stories of merchantmen recording sightings of the Condors tracking the convoys and homing the U-boats onto them, or reporting positions for bombers to attack will bring that large Focke Wulf aircraft to mind. No surprise then that there is an extensive selection of pictures of the Condor, some in the air, a couple shot down in the sea, plus many on the ground at their bases in France, and these have lots of detail that modellers will find particularly interesting. But the Condor is only part of the story, so there is coverage of a number of other types in the second half of the book. These include the Heinkel He-177 unit based at Bordeaux-Merignac, different versions of the Ju-88, the Bv-222 flying boats and even a couple of shots of the huge prototype of the Bv 238, another huge flying boat. Next another large patrol aircraft, the Junkers Ju 290 and just one picture showing the Ju 388 M-1. The last few pages cover some torpedo carrying types, such as the He 111, the Ju 88 and the Heinkel He 115 float plane. So overall an interesting and varied set of aircraft types that were involved in the battle, and all with some informative captions.

This photo collection continues to provide a good source of reference for modellers and aircraft historians alike, and they offer I think very good value for money.

Military Modelling Online - Robin Buckland

About Manfred Griehl

Manfred Griehl was a renowned aviation expert and the author of Luftwaffe X-Planes: German Experimental Aircraft of World War II.

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