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FOCKE-WULF Fw 200 The Luftwaffe's Long Range Maritime Bomber (ePub)

Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections

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By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
File Size: 46.8 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781848324893
Published: 28th May 2019


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Originally built as an airliner that could carry passengers across the Atlantic for Deutsche Lufthansa, the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor developed into the Luftwaffe’s principal long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft. It was used in the North Sea and in the Atlantic, searching for Allied convoys and warships, passing on information to waiting U-boats.

The Fw 200 was also capable of carrying a bomb load of up to 2,000kg, and it was claimed that Condors sank more than 300,000 tons of Allied shipping. By September 1940, one unit, KG 40 based at Bordeaux-Mèrignac in Occupied France, had sunk over 90,000 tons of Allied shipping. For the next three years the C-series Condors were described by Winston Churchill as ‘the scourge of the Atlantic’, eventually being overcome by the introduction of long-range Coastal Command aircraft, escort carriers and the deployment of Catapult-Armed Merchantman vessels.

The Fw 200 also used as a troop transport, capable of carrying thirty fully-armed soldiers. one Fw 200 was even converted into a luxury, two-cabin airliner for use as Hitler’s personal aeroplane.

In this selection of unrivalled images collected over many years, and now part of Frontline's new Air War Archive series, the operations of this famous aircraft are portrayed and brought to life through the first-hand accounts of the pilots who flew them and those that fought against them.

A book that can not miss in the library of any aviation enthusiast to appreciate a huge number of images of this beautiful plane.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

With more images than pages you’ll find this archive invaluable for the preparation of a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 build.

For a Luftwaffe historian, or indeed any historian, the detailed research by the author makes this book a great addition to any library.

As with all the titles in the Air War Archive series it’s a joy to thumb through time and again.

I highly recommended series of books.

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Vintage Airfix

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Battle of Britain Historical Society, Autumn/ Winter 2019

An important book within the German air frame of World War II.

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Miniaturas JM

Again this book can be recommended... to anyone with an interest in the Fw 200, (especially if you happen to modelling one) or the wartime Luftwaffe in general.

IPMS Magazine

The pictures are of very good quality... I recommend this book, I found it very interesting.

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The View From The Turret Vlog

Chris Goss takes a detailed look at the German Focke-Wulf FW200 bomber, originally conceived as an Atlantic air liner but converted for war and used as a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft during WW2.

Books Monthly

This is another AWA book with a fantastic selection of rare images, covering the Luftwaffe’s long range maritime bomber – Highly Recommended

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This is another of Chris Goss’s amazing photographic collections of operational Luftwaffe aircraft which, in the case of the Fw 200, started life as the world’s first practical trans-Atlantic airliner

Shackleton Association, Philip Styles, July 2019

For aviation historians and modellers there is a lot in here to like, with plenty of detail, including crew uniforms. There is a lot to pick out in the book, but the one I find especially impressive has to be the sight of a Condor parked between the huge wooden splinter walls at a base at Merignac, France, in early 1941. With some good model kits on the market these days, it would certainly make an impressive diorama... This is another very good addition to the Air War Archive with author Chris Goss, and one that deserves to be popular.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

With models available in 1/72nd and 1/48th scale this offering from Frontline Books covering the Focke-Wulf Fw 200 the Luftwaffe’s Long Range Maritime Bomber will be a big plus for getting the intricacies of the aircraft right. The photographs hold a lot of appeal to me due to the un-staged nature of them and I hope will prove to have the same appeal for all viewers.

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A good title, this one comes highly recommended!

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Scale Modelling Now

About Chris Goss

After a 32-year career in the RAF and three years working for a civilian company as its Head of Operations, Chris Goss is now a full-time aviation author and military historian. He is the author of over 50 critically acclaimed books covering aspects of the World War II air war over North- West Europe. He is a historical consultant for a number of major projects, such as the recovery of the Dornier 17 by the RAF Museum and Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and for TV channels such as The History Channel and Channel 5's The Battle of Britain: 3 Days that Saved a Nation.

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