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MESSERSCHMITT Bf 109 (Paperback)

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

Frontline Books Frontline: WWII Frontline: Aviation

By Chris Goss
Frontline Books
Series: Air War Archive
Pages: 178
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781848324794
Published: 26th April 2017

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The most iconic German aircraft of the Second World War, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe’s principal fighter from 1939 until 1942 when the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190 came into greater prominence. The Bf 109 served in every theatre of the war, particularly in the invasion of France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain and the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Mediterranean and with Rommel in North Africa.
In the later years of the war, the Bf 109 fought with success in the defence of Germany against the Allied bombers. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history and more aerial kills were made with this fighter than any other aircraft.
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 early part of the Second World War are portrayed and brought to life.

This book is part of Frontline Books Air War Archive series covering various historical and famous aircraft types with this one taking a look at the Bf-109.

This title is a fantastic resource for modellers, it begins with a short description of the aircraft type, development during service, with an explanation of the markings they wore during this time.

The book then continues on with a wealth of fantastic images, each with a detailed caption full of the intriguing and incredible stories of those aircraft and their airmen captured in the images.

The images begin with shots of pre-war aircraft of 1939 and continue on through the ‘Sitzkreig’, the fall of France, the Battle of Britain and end with images from 1941.
Whilst the images provide a great source of reference material for the modeller, their captions give further life to the images and make this a great addition to anyone’s collection of wartime reference material.

KitsandBits blog - Mark Dale

The book is well laid out, printed and produced, in the UK, and I can unreservedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in World War Two, the Luftwaffe in general, or the Bf 109 in particular... you will not be disappointed!

IPMS Magazine

The detail seen in many photos are a modellers delight, and you can get to see the gradual developments incorporated in the aircraft as time moved on. Captions are helpful and informative, and the various scenes, with airframes both intact, in flight, undergoing maintenance or in some cases, crashed following being shot down will be a boon to modellers as well as the aircraft historian who is interested in the story of the 109.

Read the full review here.

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 has an MA in War Studies from Kings College London and has been a regular, sought-after contributor to major aviation and historical journals in the UK, France and Germany since 1983. He also the author of over 40 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 programmes such as The History Channel and Channel 5's The Battle of Britain: 3 Days that Saved a Nation.

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