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HEINKEL He 111 (Kindle)

The Early Years - Fall of France, Battle of Britain and the Blitz

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By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
File Size: 60.3 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 146
ISBN: 9781848324848
eBook Released: 24th February 2017

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Considered to be the best known German bomber of the Second Wold War, the Heinkel He 111 served in every military front in the European theatre, having first being deployed in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. It then saw extensive service in the invasion of Poland, the Norweigan campaign and the invasion of the Low Countries and France in 1940.

When the Luftwaffe was tasked with destroying Britain’s ability to resist invasion in 1940, the He 111 formed almost half of the Gruppen employed by Luftflotte 2 and Luftflotte 3. When the Luftwaffe switched to attacking cities and industrial sites the Heinkel 111 was widely employed, with raids against targets such as London, Coventry, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool.

In this selection of unrivalled images collected over many years, the operations of this famous aircraft in the early years of the war – particularly the invasion of Poland, the Blitzkrieg in the West, the Battle of Britain and the very early stages of the Blitz – are portrayed and brought to life.

Very interesting book for the many enthusiasts of the Luftwaffe.

Panorama Difesa, November 2018 – reviewed by Marco De Montis

The great virtue of these books is that they offer an all-around understanding of the aircraft, from their design and development to their employment in specific campaigns, with fascinating close-ups on the actual pilots and air crew who flew them. By the time I was finished reading, the history had come alive in my imagination as I could put myself in the shoes of those who were there.

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SCHOPENHAUER'S WORKSHOP

The key strength of this book is the amount of detail provided about most of the aircraft in the pictures. We don’t just get the normal description of what we are seeing, but also information on the unit involved, the context of the picture and the fate of the crew (not just in pictures of crashed aircraft). This greatly adds to the value of the book, giving us an idea of where each aircraft fitted into the wider war, and the high loss rates suffered by the Luftwaffe.

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History of War, John Rickard

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Scale Aircraft Modelling, May 2017 – reviewed by Neil Robinson

The captions are large, well written, detailed, knowledgeable and informative, indicating that a good deal of research has been done, not only with the selection of the photos but with the story behind the photos too. Individual airframes, codes, units and aircrew have all been identified.

Not all historically accurate books make for good modellers' books too but this one does, not only offering loads of possible modelling subjects, but loads of close-up detail shots.

I can unreservedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in World War Two, the Luftwaffe in general, or He 111 in particular... you will not be disappointed!

IPMS Magazine, March-April 2017 - reviewed by Neil Robinson

Chris Goss has produced a characteristically fine record of one of the Luftwaffe's mainstay aircraft of the entire period of the Second World War - the Heinkel 111 bomber...

... The book comes highly recommended by the Britain at War team.

Britain at War, April 2017

The Luftwaffe enjoyed early phase superiority over the air forces of other nations due to their innovative aerial warfare tactics and superior equipment. As someone who has strong interests in learning more about the German air force, it was quite useful to refer to a glossary of terms that included many important German words indicating specific roles and tactical formations; for example, a “Schwarm” or swarm was a four aircraft tactical formation. While the book certainly does not focus on battle tactics, it provides a decent amount of information on how the He 111 was deployed. In this regard, I was quite astonished at its versatility. Numerous variants of the same aircraft were developed to satisfy specific mission needs like the J-variant for the Kriegsmarine that carried torpedoes and naval mines and the H-20/R1 variant for carrying paratroopers.

Anyone reading this book will become a thorough expert on the Heinkel He 111 and its operational history up to the Battle of Britain. It was truly a pleasure to read such an excellent book written by a highly respected author who served in the RAF and contributed to major aviation publications in the UK, France and Germany. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all who are eager to learn more about an aircraft used extensively by the Luftwaffe.

Kunwon Saw, Freelance

Another new addition to the very popular Air War Archive series. This book covers the early war years of the Heinkel He 111, which was one of the most important German bombers, flying on through WWII to the end. The author has provided clear text to accompany the outstanding selection of images. There is also an introduction that covers the Heinkel development process through to the He 111. Much Recommended

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Firetrench

A great book for reference showing the aircraft's operational life through many unique photos and with good information accompanying the pictures!

FSAddon

Filling 146 pages, this is a useful reference on the early years of the He III in action, and the photos are all provided with some informative captions as well.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Chris Goss

Having retired from the RAF with the rank of Wing Commander, Chris Goss is a regular and highly sought after contributor to major aviation publications in the UK, France and Germany, as well the author of fourteen critically acclaimed books covering the air war between 1939 and 1945. Chris completed an MA with Merit in War Studies in 2001.

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