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JUNKERS Ju 88: The Early Years – Blitzkrieg to the Blitz (ePub)

Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections

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By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
File Size: 26.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781848324770
Published: 6th September 2017


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Designed as a fast bomber that could out-run the fighters of the era, the twin-engine Junkers Ju 88 became one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War. Such was the success of the design that its production lines operated constantly from 1936 to 1945, with more than 16,000 examples being built in dozens of variants – more than any other twin-engine German aircraft of the period.

From an early stage it was intended that it would be used as a conventional light bomber and as a dive-bomber. As such, it served in the invasion of Poland, the Norway campaign, the Blitzkrieg and the invasion of France and the Battle of Britain. It went on to operate in North Africa, formed a key part of the air assault in Operation Barbarossa, and was vital to the Luftwaffe’s defence of Germany in the face of the Allied bomber offensive. It was also adapted for use as a fighter, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft and even as a Mistel flying-bomb. It was used effectively against both land targets and shipping.

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 are portrayed and brought to life.

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Wings Museum Website

Photographic books of real planes don't always make for good modellers books too, but this one does, offering lots of close up detail shots.
This book can be recommended to anyone with an interest in World War II, the Luftwaffe in general, or the Ju88 in particular...you will not be disappointed!

IPMS Magazine

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.

Read the complete review here.


The author is a respected authority on Luftwaffe history, and his knowledge shines through in this publication.

FlyPast, January 2018

In all, this results in an excellent reference book without the usual mass of statistics and charts you get in standard histories. You get to see the plane as it was during operations and it is fortunate for us that so many good images are presented. This is a boon for not only the enthusiast but also for the modeler. It is part of a very good series and what is even better is that these books are at a good price.

I very much enjoyed reading this one and as such, have no problem recommending it to you.

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Modeling Madness

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 are portrayed and brought to life.

Hiya Bucks Magazine

This new addition to the very popular Air War Archive series follows the established pattern of concise text, captions, extended captions and lavish illustration. The subject was one of the most important German aircraft of WWII but one that is difficult to place within the many different aircraft types – Very Highly Recommended.

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References on the Junkers Ju 88 are almost as prolific as the roles undertaken by this twin-engined aircraft, but Chris Goss' pictorial ensemble still manages to bring something new. After a brief introduction to the type and its history, the focus shifts to period photographs, all with highly detailed captions. As well as basic unit and airframe information, the majority provide crew details, adding a very human touch. Further interest is generated by the mini-profiles of certain crew members, not all of whom are immediately recognisable. Modellers will find the interior shots useful in building an early Ju 88 (this volume covers mainly the A-1/4/5 variants. although there is the occasional D-version), and there's inspiration galore for diorama builders. There are three sections, which will aid modellers selecting the photos best suited to their projects; Fall of France, and Battle of Britain, The Blitz and Training. It's the fine detail that impresses most, from views of the instrument panel to airframe markings commemorating the awarding of medals to crew members.

Airfix Model World, December 2017

It was always difficult trying to decide which Airfix aeroplane kit to buy with my pocket money - British or German? Chris Goss' superb book on the Junkers JU88 reveals it as one of the most iconic and versatile of the Luftwaffe's aircraft. Brilliantly researched and presented.

Books Monthly

Another title from Frontline Books in their Air War Archive series of photo histories and I think the best collection of photos of the Junkers Ju 88 I can recall seeing...

As I said at the outset, an excellent set of archive photos showing the Ju 88 in service during the first half of the war.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

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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