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

Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Collections

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By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781848324756
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.

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.

Read the complete review here.

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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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