As I am not a native English speaker, so I am not quite sure which adjective I should use to describe this book: marvellous, magnificient, wonderful?
If there is one thing I am sure about is that as long as this kind of books will be around...I am sorry I DO NOT NEED E-BOOKS!
It is just a pleasure paging through the 300+ thick paper, large format pages full of countless high quality pictures, line drawings and colour profiles!
I already have several CLASSIC volumes, including the first volume about this famous radial engine German fighter plane, but I everytime you open one of these books it is just...wow!
So what is in it?
Ten chapters (11 -20, the first ten being part of the first volume):
-11 "I am flying towardthe sun!"
-12 "You fly if you like: we're not going to stop shooting for anyone"
-13 "High top speed and good manoeuverability"
-14 "Both Schlachtgeschwader are led very poorly..."
-15 "My fire was so heavy his port wing came off"
-16 "Despite these hindrances, we inflicted telling ground attacks on the enemy"
-17 "Increased-performance engine"
-18 "A pall of brown smoke was all that remained"
-19 "The Bf 109 aircraft should be sufficient"
-20 "Day after day came with masses of fighters
- Appendix 2: Losses mentioned in the text
- Appendix 3: Modifications Designations
- Appendix 4: Refinement proposals
- Appendix 5: WERKNUMMER batches and manufactures.
The first chapter deals with FW-190 operations on the Eastern front with JG 51 and JG 54 as a fighter (there is a complete listing of W. Nowotny's 258 air victories); by 1943, due to Stuka's increasing obsolescence and excellent low altitude handling and speed performance, the FW 190 quickly established itself as a fighter-bomber and to some extent as a tank-buster.
Ground attack missions and tactics are dealt with in chapter 16, with some very nice sketches of dive-bombing and low altitude attacks, including a reproduction of an original anti-ship attack diagram by Oblt. Reither (Luftwaffe I/KSG 3).
Night fighter missions and Reich Defence operations (JG 1,2, 26) are dealt with in chapters 12,15 and 20 for year 1944, while chapter 13 covers technical evolution from A6 to A7/A8 with introduction of MG 131 13 mm machineguns in place of MG 17 7.92; the A7/A8 became the basis for later fighter-bomber F and G series.
Here you have a number of crisp close up pictures of the weapons, and optical sights are also discussed.
A s I have just received my copy it is impossible to go much into details..there is much more than this.
As usual with Mr. Smith and Creek books the book is not only about the machine itself, but there is a lot of information about units the men who flew, fought to the bitter end and often died, on all fronts (Russia, North-west Europe and North Africa/Italy.
For "Lang-Nasen" D-Series I will (eagerly) wait for volume 3, but in the meantime I will enjoy the first two...