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HEINKEL He 111 (Paperback)

The Latter Years - The Blitz and War in the East to the Fall of Germany

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By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
Pages: 158
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781848324459
Published: 18th June 2018



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The Heinkel He 111 was the main work-horse of the Luftwaffe’s bomber force throughout much of the Second World War. Consequently, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, three entire Kampfgeschwader consisted of He 111s. Initially used as direct support for the German ground forces, as the campaign progressed the He 111 was switched to attacking the Soviet infrastructure, particularly trains and marshalling yards, and used as a transport aircraft taking in supplies and for troop evacuation.
Variants of the He 111 were used in anti-shipping roles, in both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and even for aerial launching of V-1 flying bombs, continuing the war against the towns and cities of the United Kingdom.
In this selection of unrivalled images collected over many years, and now part of Frontline's new War in the Air series, the operations of this famous aircraft in the latter years of the Second World War are portrayed and brought to life. A companion title to Heinkel He 111: The Early Years.

Whilst the Heinkel He111 has been well covered already, this book does contain some new photos of the type, and at a very reasonable retail price I can recommend it to anyone wit an interest in World War Two, the Luftwaffe in general, or the He111 in particular.

IPMS Magazine September - October 2018

The Air War Archive series is proving a very popular frontline books collection and this new addition brings the Heinkel He 111 story up to the end of WWII. The He 111 was an example of an aircraft that was in heavy use from the Spanish Civil War to the capitulation of Germany in 1945 – Most Recommended.

Read the complete review online here.


The book is rounded off with wartime colour images, inevitably faded, but highly interesting nevertheless.

Aviation News, September 2018

Essentially a ‘follow-on’ to ‘Heinkel He 111 – The Early Years – Fall of France, Battle of Britain and the Blitz’, one of the first books in Frontline's ‘Air War Archive’ series, also by Chris Goss, this latest compilation has well over 220 b&w photographs, plus seventeen in colour, and continues coverage of the night Blitz against the British Isles throughout 1941, with some fascinating shots of the variations in the temporarily-applied black camouflage applied to night-bomber He 111s and photos of ‘Luftmine B’ aerial mines, which is then followed by separate sections covering operations in Russian and the Mediterranean, initially in 1941, and then in the 1942 - 1943 period, culminating in the 1944 -1945 period.

Neil Robinson, Aviation Historian

For the aviation historian and the modeller in particular, this will be just the sort of reference you will like. There are a variety of colour schemes, some of which are more unusual, the same with some of the markings. We see aircraft in flight, on the ground, derelict, crashed and even cut up at the end of the war. An interesting mix of bombs being carried, including the V1 for air launches, a barrage balloon deflector and more. Add the variety and detail of uniforms and aircrew equipment, there is lots of useful reference detail to be found. Another useful addition to this growing series.

Read the complete review online here.

Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

Page Turners

Well-known author and FlyPast contributor Chris Goss is the man behind this excellent collection of images depicting one of the Luftwaffe's best-known World War Two bombers.

FlyPast, September 2018

Unlike titles on the Luftwaffe before it, Goss' work, which is the second installment on the place, produces a crunching impact on the reader.

RAF News

Latest Chris Goss title in the Frontline 'Air War Archive' series is this neat photo monograph devoted to the Dornier Do 17. While the type was the Luftwaffe's principal light bomber at the outbreak of war, helping to spearhead Germany's Blitzkrieg in Poland and then France and the Low Countries, heavy losses at the hands of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain saw the type largely superceded by the Ju 88 so that by the summer of 1941 and the invasion of the Soviet Union, KG 2 was the only Dornier Do 17-equipped bomber unit. This book is a compilation of decent wartime images nicely reproduced over 136 pages in a slightly larger than A-5 softback format at a very reasonable price complementing the volumes already published in this series on the Bf 109, He 111 and Ju 88.


THE LATEST offering from the Air War Archive is Chris Goss’ Heinkel He 111: The Latter Years and this collection of fascinating images follows an aeronautical icon into the heart of military darkness. Covering the years from the Blitz to the demise of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Reich, but unlike titles on the Luftwaffe before it, Goss’ work, which is the second instalment on the place, produces a crunching impact on the reader.
The lack of editorial content, minus an introduction and photographic captions, creates a deathly chill as you slowly follow this outdated and outmoded aircraft and its crews to its final destruction in the ashes, after an initial stumble and proof of weakness in the Blitz.
Opening images taken from over Europe are of almost casual unfettered flights, without the need for fighter support.

Personnel pose in front of their beloved 111 in Schipol, Holland and all seems well, there are some excellent images of rebuilt aircraft f e a t u r i n g Jumo 211F-1 engines and cable-cutting e q u i p m e n t and barrage deflectors, but the real interest comes as the war takes a new route.
R u s s i a and The Mediterranean is the second section of the book, and the number of crashed and destroyed 111 rises at a shocking rate. As the pages turn the destruction carries on unabated, in one fantastic shot a 111 is seen enveloped in fire after being hit by flak over Lvov in the Ukraine, the seconds before death brought home starkly.
From Iraq to Bari the chaos continues, amidst pomp and circumstance of celebratory flight number shots. One of Feldwebel Heinz Gossow being handed a bottle of drink to mark his 2000th flight sits juxtaposed with two images
of destroyed 111s. Even General Adolf Galland is seen by a 111 P-2 tail late in 1944. The end of this thought
provoking work, sees the once feted Heinkel reduced to trainingand basic transport roles as it and dreams of
victory reach their culmination, grounded in the dust of Eastern Europe and finally Germany.

RAF News

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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HEINKEL He 111 The Early Years - Fall of France, Battle of Britain and the Blitz (Paperback)

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…

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